Police: Driver of overturned tanker speeding, causing oil spill

KINDERHOOK, N.Y.  New York State Police in Kinderhook say they have investigated the tanker truck rollover accident that occurred Thursday spilling heating oil on the roads, saying the truck was traveling too fast.

Police say the Long Energy tanker truck rolled over on the passenger side and spilled home heating oil at the Route 9 and Route 9H traffic circle. The investigation has revealed that the tanker overturned due to speed too fast for conditions. The impact caused the tanker to rupture.

The driver, 30-year-old Paul Rondeau of Watervliet, was cited for Speed Not Reasonable and Prudent. The Department of Environmental Conservation also reports that the driver of the tanker will not be charged criminally in the matter, but he will be charged with Release of Hazardous Substances to the Environment 4th Degree.

The traffic circle was closed for approximately six hours Thursday while New York State Department of Transportation, the Columbia County and Kinderhook Highway Departments removed the spilled fuel.

State Police say State Route 9H and other roads closed due to the spill have reopened. 

The New York State  Police were assisted at the scene by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the Columbia County Office of Emergency Management and numerous local fire departments.


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