Crews secure Cape Coral tanker rollover scene

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Crews have removed the threat of pollution where an oil tanker overturned Sunday on Del Prado Boulevard, spilling hundreds of gallons of gasoline onto the road.

Crews initially thought the gasoline could contaminate the drinking water, but the water remained untouched. That area runs on city water, so any storm drain runoff wouldn’t have affected the drinking water.

However, a Cape Coral Fire Department official said any pollution threats are taken seriously.

“Anything could have happened,” Battalion Chief Todd Rigoni said. “We’re lucky that it was just those valves that were leaking.”

The fire department said it had to act quickly to prevent any potential damage. The tanker was carrying over 9,000 gallons of gasoline.

“They put in gas monitors in all the drains and all the manhole covers in the neighborhood area,” Rigoni said. “Everything came up clean at that point.”

B-Line, the tanker company, is responsible for paying for the cleanup, as well as police and fire response.

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