Abenaqui Carriers I-91 Chicopee Oil Spill

Chicopee, MA - Region I

Site Contact:

John McKeown
On-scene coordinator


North Bound I-91 Bridge over CT River
Chicopee, MA 01022

Latitude: 42.1985692
Longitude: -72.5382293
NRC#: 866267

On 28 March 2008 (0938 AM) a fuel tanker truck (MC305) hauling approximately 10,500 gallons of gasoline/diesel was involved in an accident on I-91 Northbound along the east side of the bridge crossing the Connecticut River in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The fuel tanker, in an effort to stop quickly, lost control and the trailer portion of the fuel tanker rolled over the guard rail, caught fire and came to rest on its base along the hillside approximately 80 feet beneath the Intersate. The tanker contained 9,500 gallons of gasoline and 1000 gallons of diesel fuel.

Much of the 10,500 gallons of fuel was consumed during the fire that burned for over an hour after the incident. The remaining fuel either spilled and soaked into the adjacent soils of the hillside or remained in the tanker. An unknown volume reached Center Street and entered the Connecticut River via storm drains during the early stages of the incident.

MADEP and EPA responded to the incident and worked with the Licensed Site Professional (LSP) representing the fuel carrier. The LSP hired contractors to recover released fuel from the saturated hillside, Center Street and the Connecticut River.

For additional information, visit the Pollution Report (POLREPS) section.