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Driver collided with gas pump, spills 700 gallons of gasoline into area retention pond

Mountain Home gas station

A vehicle pulling a trailer backed in a gas pump outside the Pilot Travel Center gas station in Mountain Home on Wednesday morning, triggering significant clean-up efforts after more than 700 gallons of gasoline spilled into the road.
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A vehicle pulling a trailer backed in a gas pump outside the Pilot Travel Center gas station in Mountain Home on Wednesday morning, triggering significant clean-up efforts after more than 700 gallons of gasoline spilled into the road.

A vehicle pulling a trailer backed into a gas pump outside the Pilot Travel Center gas station in Mountain Home on Wednesday morning, triggering significant clean-up efforts after more than 700 gallons of gasoline spilled into the road.

According to an update from the city of Mountain Home, the fuel ran into nearby retention ponds and crews are taking precautions to make sure the area is cleaned up appropriately. Mayor Rich Sykes posted to the city’s Facebook page, stating that police and firefighters had been on scene since 2 a.m. at the gas station, at 1050 Highway 20.

A total of four engines and 22 firefighters responded to the accident.

The Environmental Restoration company was on scene with the fire department working to remove hazardous materials, according to Sykes.

The design of the gas station parking lot automatically directs liquid to containment tanks, which separate oil from water, according to a press release by the City of Mountain Home.

The City of Mountain Home also announced that drinking water in the city would not be affected by contaminants. The spill is expected to be 90 percent cleared by 5 p.m. today and completely cleared Thursday afternoon.

Mountain Home Police Chief Scott Conner said the driver was not cited.

Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.
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