Propane Truck Rollover, Leak Closes West Rd. in Colchester

A propane truck rollover and leak has closed part of West Road in Colchester on Monday morning.

A residential propane delivery tank truck lost control and rolled over near 359 West Road, which is near the Salem town line around 9:00 a.m., fire officials said.

The truck landed on its driver's side. The driver was able to get out on their own and was transported to a medical facility for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, officials said. No other injuries were reported.

The propane truck has approximately 3,000 gallons of propane on it and police said there were two leaks. Fire crews from multiple towns including Bozrah, Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton, Gardner Lake, Hebron, Lyme, Marlborough, Salem and Yantic responded.

With help from technicians from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, they were able to block one of the leaks. The other leak is currently still leaking propane gas, but it has been significantly reduced in size, DEEP officials said. DEEP plans to work with the owner of the propane tank truck, Osterman Propane, to offload the propane and transfer it into another tanker.

Firefighters have set up a perimeter of 330 feet around the incident. Residents in the immediate area were asked to shelter in place.

The incident has closed the intersection of West Road and Woodbine Road. Drivers are asked to avoid the area. Police said the road will be closed for an indefinite period while they work on clearing the scene.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident, police said.

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