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UPDATE 9:21 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018 - A hazmat team was called to Thornton's Chevron gas station in Chico on Saturday when 20 gallons of gas was accidentally spilled. It happened after noon at the station on East Avenue near Highway 99. The gas station was evacuated.
hico Fire Captain Chris Zinko said a driver from SST Oil out of Redding accidentally hit one of the gas valves.
Here is explanation of what happened from Bonnie Thornton, of Thornton's Chevron:
It could have been much worse than it was. A delivery truck hit the metal barricade pole. Diesel started spilling and about 40 gallons were contained thanks to Chico Fire Department and the hazmat training of our awesome crew. We are up and running.
Thank you to all of our concerned customers. We apologize for the traffic and the inconvenience.
"You can see right here we put in dikes so that doesn't enter the water way. Then we have them aborb," he added.
"What we actually try to do is build dams so that they can control the leaking fuel, until we're able to offload it into another tanker," Captain Zinko explained.
Firefighters were able to contain all of the spilled gas The station reopened about two hours later.
No one was injured.
UPDATE - Twenty gallons of oil spilled on Saturday from a tank truck at the East Avenue Chevron in Chico, prompting an evacuation of the entire gas station and causing traffic issues.
According to Chico Fire Captain Chris Zinco, firefighters got a call around 12:30 p.m. about a gas leak from a Redding oil company "SST."
Three engines including the Butte County Interagency Hazardous Materials Team were on scene and quickly transferred the leaking gas into an empty tank.
Zinco says this happened after one of the truck driver's gas valves collided with a hard metal.
No nearby businesses were affected by the spill, but traffic on East Avenue did have one lane closed for two hours.
Zinco says the gas leak took about two hours long to fix.
CHICO, Calif.- The Butte County Interagency Hazardous Materials Team is on site of the Thornton Chevron Station in Chico (360 East Ave.) in response to a spill.
The truck that is leaking is from SST Oil in Redding, California.
Traffic is being impacted in this area of Chico, near Highway 99. Drivers should avoid the East Ave. on and off ramps, if possible. One of the westbound lanes of East Ave. has been temporarily closed to traffic in the area.
We have a reporter on the scene, so check back for updates to this story.
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