Ephrata Police Monday evening 4-23-18 around 7:50pm responded for a hazardous material spill involving large amount of oil substance that was leaking onto the roadway from a truck tractor. Witness stated it began to leak in the 200 Block of N. Reading Road covering the south lane, continuing onto the interchange ramp and east on West Main St. Witness stated his vehicle slid sideways as he negotiated the ramp curve.
Ephrata Police located the truck tractor stopped in the 100 Block of W. Main St where it continued to leak a large amount of oil substance onto the roadway. The driver stated he was in the processing of fixing the issue. However while crews were cleaning up the N. Reading Rd spill area the truck tractor driver drove off after "fixing the issue" and again leaked a large amount of oil substance creating a second hazardous roadway condition. The truck tractor was parked off the roadway until it could be properly repaired.
The initial spill caused an approximate one (1) mile hazardous roadway condition from North Reading Road, the exit ramp for US 322 and through the 100 block of West Main St (US 322). The south bound lane of N. Reading Rd, the ramp and east bound lane of W. Main St were closed for several hours to allow for the mitigation of the substance and subsequent clean up.
The second spill stretched from the 100 block of West Main St to the 600 Block of East Main St. East and West Main Streets in downtown Ephrata were completely shutdown for several hours to allow crews to again mitigate and clean up the oil substance.
Lancaster Haz Mat was called to the scene to assist with mitigating the substance while crews from Lincoln and Pioneer Fire Companies cleaned up the spill. Ephrata Borough Public Works assisted with the clean up while Ephrata, Lincoln and West Earl Fire Police were on scene to shut the roadways and re-direct traffic.