Fuel Spill

VANTAGE - One lane of westbound Interstate 90 has reopened at the Vantage Bridge after Wednesday morning’s fuel spill.

Washington State Department of Transportation officials say the left lane is back open, but the right lane will remain closed. Drivers are asked to slow down and use caution through the area.

The westbound lanes were closed at about 10 a.m. after a driver, pulling two tankers filled with gasoline, noticed the exterior pipe to the rear tanker had ruptured, leaving a trail of fuel across the Vantage Bridge.

The driver pulled over just before the Vantage exit, where fuel continued to leak from the tanker for at least three hours, Trooper John Bryant said. It’s currently unknown how much fuel was discharged. Bryant said the rear tanker was hauling about 2,900 gallons.

Crews from the state Department of Ecology, Grant PUD and Yakama Nation all responded to help with cleanup of the spill. 

The right lane will remain closed overnight and will be reassessed Thursday morning as crews determine the ecological damage from the spill. The state Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division will determine if any equipment violation will be issued to the driver of the semi-truck.

Trooper Bryant also reported two drivers were cited after driving through the road closure.

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