By Curt Hart, spills communications manager, 360-480-7908 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UPDATE: Dec. 8, 2011 (2:45 a.m.)
Ecology, Washington State Patrol, Tukwila Fire Department, Washington State Department of Transportation, King County Sheriff's Office and private cleanup contractors continued working through the night to remove the truck and trailer from the Duwamish River and keep traffic safely moving through the area.
Tukwila Fire Department put absorbent boom part way across river just downstream of the truck. At about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, the trailer was removed from the river.
Shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday morning, a crane removed the truck from the river. No diesel fuel spilled from the saddle tank on the truck. An undetermined amount of engine oil did spill during recovery operations.
FIRST POST: Dec. 7, 2011 (5 p.m.)
SEATTLE – The state Department of Ecology, Washington State Patrol and Tukwila Fire Department are responding to an incident near the intersection of State Routes 99 and 509 in King County. A semi-tractor trailer truck went over the roadway and into the Duwamish River. The truck was carrying processed frozen fish. The trucking company has hired a private cleanup contractor to remove the truck from the river.
More information about the incident will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
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