Highland Falls mayor says water is OK to drink after diesel spill

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The mayor of Highland Falls says the water is safe to drink following a tanker crash Tuesday that spilled 1,400 gallons of diesel oil into the local water supply.



Cleanup crews returned to the Highland Brook Wednesday, a day after the truck tipped over while heading up the ramp from Route 293 to Route 9W.



Highland Brook supplies water to the village of Highland Falls. Mayor Joe D'Onofrio says the oil never reached the village's water tanks and that the stored water supply is enough to last a few days.



In addition to the oil-absorbent booms in the water, crews are also removing the oil-soaked soil and placing it in black plastic bags.



Water samples have already been shipped to Albany for testing.



State officials say the cleanup should be complete within a few days.


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