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More than 20 gallons of diesel fuel spill at gas station

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

MORRIS – A tanker delivering diesel fuel spilled more than 20 gallons of fuel at the BP gas station on North Division Street in Morris on Thursday.

An undetermined amount of fuel also leaked into the sewers near the station and had to be vacuumed out to prevent serious damage.

Grundy County Emergency Management Agency Director Jim Lutz said while diesel fuel is not as dangerous as gasoline, it can still cause problems to surrounding structures.

“It’s not as horrible as gasoline, but diesel is more persistent in the environment,” Lutz said.

Bob Coleman, Morris Fire Marshal, said the spill was likely caused by a valve malfunction.

“Whether it was a malfunction in the nozzle or the vent system, we’ll find out,” Coleman said.

Coleman said the nozzle has been sent to be examined and officials won’t know the cause of the accident for quite a while.

Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District arrived on the scene around 2:15 p.m. to shut off the valve, preventing further spilling, and rope off the dangerous area, Chief Tracey Steffes said.

The company making the delivery was MJKS Transport, based out of West Brooklyn. MJKS was responsible for securing a company to clean up the spill and vacuum the sewers.

Coleman said he believes there will be no complications caused by the spill.

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