At 5:25am Smitty’s Environmental was contacted about an overturned semi northbound 101 just south of Santa Monica Rd. Smitty’s Environmental dispatched a scene supervisor to access the situation. Upon arrival, our Scene Supervisor met with CHP and the towing company to deduce the best course of action.
The fuel and oil tanks had leaked onto a residential driveway and into a runoff area next to the driveway. Because of the leaking and the nearby environmental hazards, including creeks, drains and wetlands, immediate action was required. A perimeter was set up, the observed fuel leak was mitigated, and the batteries were removed. It was determined that Smitty’s Environmental would require remediation equipment and disposal drums to perform the clean-up operation.
Smitty’s Environmental began the site clean-up and remediation, while maintaining constant communication with the recovery team, Highway Patrol, and Caltrans. Absorbent mats and socks were placed down to contain the approximate 16-18 gallons of spilled fuel and oil. Next, technicians pumped about 140 gallons of fuel remaining in the tank to allow the recovery operation to begin.