Tanker crash spills oil into Highland Falls brook

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An oil tanker crash in Highland Falls Tuesday morning has officials concerned the oil might contaminate a nearby water source.

Officials say the tanker overturned on Route 9W around 9 a.m. near the West Point Golf Course. They say approximately 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the Highland Brook.

"I am definitely concerned. The stream is our water for the town and the village. They have it contained. They are putting up three different booms between here and the plant to catch the oil," says Highland Town Supervisor Bob Livsey.

Highland Falls Mayor Joe Donofrio says the immediate response by local, county and state agencies was tremendous and that the spill was contained very quickly.

"The water is safe to drink," he says. "The water never got to our tanks, meaning we have a couple days worth of the water supply."

The village's water supply has been transferred over to its backup until further notice.

Samples of the water were taken to Albany for testing and although it is safe to drink and everyone has just been asked to conserve, it still has residents concerned.

"We are really worried about that and I hope it will be the fastest thing that people will try to fix for us because it's a trouble," says Tanya Miller.

The truck driver was not injured.

Officials from the state's Environmental Conservation and Health departments are monitoring the situation and will determine when regular water service can resume.

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