Crash, diesel spill lead to 13th Street underpass closing

2014-08-27T13:07:00Z 2014-08-27T23:58:35Z Crash, diesel spill lead to 13th Street underpass closingGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A 46-year-old woman was taken to Billings Clinic on Wednesday after the Subaru station wagon she was driving hit a semitrailer at the North 13th Street underpass. The impact caused diesel fuel to spill across the roadway.

The woman was headed southbound at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash, said Billings Police Sgt. Shawn Finnegan. The driver of the northbound tractor-trailer stopped short of the underpass when he saw the car approach, but was struck after she crossed the yellow line, piercing the fuel tank.

The underpass, between First Avenue North and First Avenue South, was closed for about an hour, Finnegan said. Hazardous materials crews removed the diesel, which was contained in a holding tank under the road. The tank is designed to hold the large amounts of water that flow into the low area during floods.

The driver of the semi-trailer was uninjured, Finnegan said. He told police that about 40 gallons of diesel fuel was in the truck’s fuel tank at the time of the crash.

The woman, whose name has not yet been released is expected to be cited for careless driving.

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