BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A gas tanker truck overturned in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, spilling around 6,000 gallons of fuel and evacuating about 1,000 people from their homes.
It happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday on West Union Boulevard and Paul Avenue.
Officials told Action News that the driver lost control near a corner and rolled over.
Bethlehem police officers went door-to-door to evacuate everyone within 1,000 meters of the crash, reports WFMZ-TV. About 400 households were estimated.
Authorities also activated the reverse 911 system.
The evacuated residents were taken to Nitschmann Middle School on Union Boulevard, where the Red Cross is providing assistance.
The Bethlehem School District says the middle school will start operating with a two-hour delay on Thursday.
A message on the school’s Twitter account said: “Due to fuel spills on the west side, the school has been used as a shelter for displaced families. Delayed by two hours to ensure our building is ready to function normally for students and staff while serving our community needs.”
WFMZ-TV reports that many of the evacuees have either found family and friends to contact or are staying in a hotel room.
Bethlehem Police say the biggest concern is a possible fire or explosion. They also consider the environmental impact.
The driver of the tanker was taken to the hospital with injuries, but a condition has not been released.
Firefighters, EMTs, UGI Energy Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection also responded to the scene.
Investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing.
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