RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A fuel spill forced a portion of Midlothian Turnpike to close Thursday morning.
Richmond police say a car hit a gas pump at the Raceway gas station on the 6300 block of Midlothian Turnpike just after 6 a.m. The driver then fled the scene, police said.
As a result, 20 to 30 gallons of fuel spilled across the road forcing both directions of Midlothian Turnpike to shut down. All but one lane has since reopened.
This happened just east of Chippenham Parkway.
A sand truck also responded to the scene to help clean-up the spilled fuel.
Richmond Fire officials say the frigid temperatures made the situation less dangerous than if it were in the summertime.
Captain Dyer, a spokesman for the Richmond Fire Department, said the spill was “larger” than anticipated. About 700 gallons of fuel was unaccounted for, he said.
The fire department assisted working crews with about 4,000 gallons of water to help flush the drainage system used to absorb the spilled fuel.
Citizens in the area are not at risk, Dyer said. Residents may smell an odor in the area, however.