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Upper Milford Township Awaits Answers on Buckeye Road

Upper Milford Township Manager Dan DeLong says the township is waiting to hear from the Department of Environmental Protection on how long Buckeye Road will remain closed following a fatal accident and large diesel fuel spill Sunday night.

Upper Milford Township is waiting for answers from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) about the extent of cleanup that needs to be done along Buckeye Road following a fatal accident and large diesel fuel spill, according to Township Manager Dan DeLong.

Buckeye Road in Upper Milford Township has been closed since a car collided with a diesel fuel truck Sunday night, killing a Macungie man and dumping approximately 2,500 gallons of fuel oil on the roadway.

“It’s a mess out there,” DeLong said, describing trenches along both sides of the road ranging from 4- to 12-feet deep. The contractors hired by the DEP have been removing the contaminated soil, DeLong explained, and yesterday were expected to make a determination as to whether any of the fuel oil spilled had gotten underneath the road.

“They need to figure out whether they are going to have to rip the road out,” DeLong said.

DeLong also said that the township is waiting on answers on 11 wells in the area that have been tested following the oil spill. “I would be surprised if there has been any contamination of the wells,” he said, because such as short time has passed since the spill and cleanup began almost immediately.

PennDOT is expected to set up a longer-term, more clearly marked detour route around the closed section of Buckeye Road, added DeLong.

ron November 15, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Check out all the posts on the patch and you will see a lot of bad spelling and grammer. People use their phones and type on the run. they just want to get their message out fast almost like they where talking to someone. 95 percent of the people on hear dont care if they or someone else spells something wrong they just want to get their point across. so maybe you should take your holier than thou attitude and read something else.
Edwin Feuerstein, Jr. November 16, 2012 at 06:40 AM
One observation. It sounds like everyone involved knew that the road was going to be closed for an extended period. Why didn't someone in traffic control go to the corner of Buckeye and Chestnut Street and put the light on yellow caution blinker or turn the light off, instead of wasting people's time and gasoline stopping at a corner that had no possibility of cross traffic? Probably the same could be said about the other end of the road closure?
Stevie B. November 17, 2012 at 04:07 AM
OMG -- Mis-spellings ???? Oh, the humanity !??!?!?!?!? Get overr yourself already -- :oP Yes, I am sticking my tongue out at you, deal with it -- WAAAHHHHHH !!!! Douche, gee, is douche spelled right -- YOU'D KNOW !!!!
Stevie B. November 17, 2012 at 04:15 AM
FYI, PEOPLE -- As for ALL who want to blame the TRUCKERS on this road, I am a former resident od Buckeye and Tank Farm Road -- My Family is directly in death's path, geologically speaking, they ARE on the intersection -- I lived in that house myself for 18+ years and have seen many drivers of non-commercial vehicles drive like idiots -- People are sooooo quick to judge the TRUCKERS -- Yeah, I am a Truck Driver, a PROUD, RESPONSIBLE one at that -- So with this particular incident in mind -- Please, do explain how the Truck Driver was to notice a DARK COLORED SUB-COMPACT VEHICLE in the DEAD OF NIGHT, with NO LIGHTS ON ??? Are you going to supply the Trucking Industry Drivers with NIGHT-VISION GOGGLES ??? Ahhh, There's your answer, Night Vision Goggles for all Truck Drivers to see IDIOTS that drive DRUNK and/or DO NOT HAVE ANY LIGHTS ON in the DEAD OF NIGHT !!! Duh -- Have a pleasant evening as you ponder that one -- Oh my, I do hope my grammer, spelling, and punctuation are correct, since that's what really matters --
ralph schmalf January 03, 2013 at 04:55 PM
the guy that hit the tanker was knowingly offing himself after hearing that his liver was failing. deal with it

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