Emergency crews clear liquid nitrogen spill

Mark Gutman/Daily News File photoEmergency vehicles are line up south of Clarendon on Route 237 after a tanker truck carrying liquid nitrogen rolled over.

CLARENDON — A crew was on-site Tuesday morning to finish dealing with any environmental concerns after a tractor-trailer spilled about 4,500 gallons of liquid nitrogen Monday afternoon, Orleans County Emergency Management said.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, Clarendon Fire Company arrived in the area of 4602 Holley-Byron Rd. to respond to an accident. The tractor-trailer was on its side with liquid nitrogen spilling from the top hatch of the trailer. The driver was out of the vehicle, sitting on the side of the road. The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital by Monroe Ambulance.

The tractor trailer was carry approximately 6,100 gallons of liquid nitrogen at the time of the accident. As of 5:45 p.m., the Monroe County Fire Bureau Hazmat Team was able to stop the leak.

“The spilled product poses no significant health risk and is primarily an eye and skin irritant,” county Emergency Management said Monday in a report. “Air quality monitoring is being done in the area of the scene, no adverse readings are being indicated at this time. The New York State DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) Spill Response Team is on scene and monitoring the situation and assessing the potential environmental impact.”

The following agencies were involved in the response: Clarendon, Holley, Fancher Hulberton Murray, Barre and Albion fire departments, Orleans County Emergency Management, Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Ambulance, Monroe County Fire Bureau, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, DEC, New York State Police, National Grid, A.D. Call and Son’s, and Kerhaert’s Towing. Albion, Kendall and Brockport standing by to cover jobs in the east and center portions of the county.

There were no issues with air quality and no monitoring being done Tuesday, Niederhofer said.

“We got the truck out of there last night (Monday). This morning there was a crew around to take care of the environmental (cleanup),” he said Tuesday. “The DEC’s spill response unit coordinated all that. I know they did a significant amount of excavation in there and had to bring in new fill. They took out the contaminated soil.”

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