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CREWS CLEAN UP GASOLINE TRUCK LEAK

About 1,900 pounds of absorbent material was used Saturday to clean up 200 gallons of gasoline that spilled from a delivery truck through its pressure release valves at Thrifty Oil, 63 Richfield St.

The gasoline leaked from the truck, owned by Grand Island Sales of 2038 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, at 9:03 a.m., Lt. Ronald Vogt said.

The leak occurred because the truck driver, Victor Estes, did not have the truck's vapor recovery system in place when he was about to make the delivery, Vogt said.

Daniel J. Zucco, owner of Thrifty Oil, said the spill would not have occurred if the vapor recovery system had been in place to take pressure off the truck's release valves.

Authorities are investigating to determine if state transportation laws were violated, Vogt said.

He added that John Simon, owner of Grand Island Sales, said he would be responsible for the cleanup.

Helping with the cleanup were police, fire crews, state environmental officials and a Niagara County Hazardous Materials crew.

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