Avon Mountain Reopens After Crash, Fuel Spill

Christopher Chabot

Avon Mountain Road (Route 44) has reopened after a crash in Avon Wednesday afternoon that left the road closed for hours.

Avon police said three vehicles, including a fuel truck, were involved in a crash on Avon Mountain Road at Waterville Road. All three were traveling west on Avon Mountain Road at the time, police said.

One driver was taken to Hartford Hospital with minor injuries.

The crash forced a closure of Avon Mountain to all but local traffic. Waterville Road and Nod Road were also closed in the area during the investigation and cleanup. As of 10 p.m., Avon Mountain and Waterville have reopened, but Nod Road was still closed.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called in to manage the spill from the fuel truck, which was carrying home heating oil.

DEEP said the truck lost its entire load - 3,000 gallons of fuel - which ran down into catch basins that flow into wetlands and Nod Brook. At this point the oil has been contained to a pond at a nearby golf course, and the owner of the truck has contracted a company for cleanup. Cleanup and containment will continue for days, officials said.

The Department of Motor Vehicles Commercial Truck Inspectors and Avon Police Department Commercial Truck Inspector are investigating the cause of the crash.

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