Oil spill in Franklin Township
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
A major fuel oil spill closed the two northbound lanes of state route 209 in Franklin Township early this morning. The incident began shortly before 3 a.m. when a tractor trailer owned and operated by New England Freight struck a floor jack which was lying on he road. The jack apparently flew up puncturing at least one of the two saddle tanks of the rig. The two lanes were covered in fuel oil. Members of the Franklin Township Fire Company utilized truck loads of absorbent material in an effort to stop the spread of the fuel which was making its way to the Pohopoco Creek. Franklin Township firefighters were later joined by PennDOT work crews in cleaning up the mess. The site was just a short distance from the entrance to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.