Tanker leaking diesel fuel in roll over crash snarls traffic in East Greenwich

A water tanker that collided with a pickup truck in East Greenwich Thursday, May 25, 2017, is leaking diesel fuel and snarling traffic. (WJAR)

A water tanker that collided with a pickup truck in East Greenwich Thursday afternoon is leaking diesel fuel and snarling traffic.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Route 4 and Frenchtown Road around 3:30 p.m., with traffic quickly backing up.

Rhode Island State Police tweeted that one westbound lane had been closed as authorities worked the scene, which was cleared within about an hour and a half.

William Perry, who is the president of the East Greenwich Firefighters Union, noted on Twitter that the 10,000-gallon tanker is leaking diesel fuel.

The East Greenwich fire chief told NBC 10 News it appears that a few dozen gallons of fuel leaked from the tanker truck and into some storm drains, so The Department of Environmental Management is assisting.

He also said that the driver of the water tanker truck swerved to avoid a car that stopped short at the light, hitting the pickup. While the tank stayed upright, the tank rolled over on its side.

Water gushed out of the tanker as the tow crews tried to pick it up.

The driver of the pickup has been taken to Kent Hospital and treated for minor injuries, according to authorities.

There is no word yet if any of the drivers involved will face any violations.

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