Sinkhole sucks down anti-freeze tanker in Bucks County

    More than 3,000 gallons of anti-freeze spilled out of a tanker in Falls Township, Bucks County Thursday.

    Heavy rain caused a sinkhole to form in the asphalt under the tanker, which made it tip and spill part of its contents.

    Mike Fusco is with Safety-Kleen, the clean-up and recycling company that owns the tanker.

    “The base of stone and soil that exists underneath the asphalt was eroded away and an approximately 30 inch wide by approximately 14 inch deep hole was created by that material underneath being eroded away,” Fusco said.

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    State and county officials say the spill was contained to the property and poses no public health risk, though some anti-freeze did go down the storm drain.

    Bacteria and pollutant levels are high in the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers now due to flooding, but the Philadelphia Water Department said its water treatment facilities are able to keep up.

    A spokeswoman said though there are more contaminants during high flow periods, there is also more water to dilute them.


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