DEP: Diesel fuel didn’t enter Barnegat Bay following bridge truck crash

     (Image: Toms River Office of Emergency Management)

    (Image: Toms River Office of Emergency Management)

    Diesel fuel leaked from a truck after a crash on the Tunney Bridge yesterday morning but it didn’t enter the Barnegat Bay, a state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman said

    About 50 gallons of fuel spilled from the truck’s saddle tank and onto the bridge deck, said Larry Hajna, a DEP spokesman.

    “A contractor cleaned it up,” he said. “No fuel entered the bay, according to Ocean County Health Department, which responded to the scene.”

    The crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. yesterday on the sole eastbound lane of the Tunney Bridge, which is currently facilitating access to the Barnegat Bay Island from Toms River due to repairs to the Mathis Bridge.

    The island was sealed off from Route 37 access for hours as crews worked to remove the truck. The westbound lanes were also closed but for a much shorter duration.

    Police have not disclosed how the crash occurred.

    There were no injuries.

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