Environmental Official Updates Arlington Tanker Spill Cleanup

ARLINGTON (CBS) – A state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman said most of the oil that spilled when a tanker truck overturned in Arlington on Friday has been recovered.

The DEP spokesman said the tanker was carrying about 9,500 gallons of oil when it overturned near the intersection of Medford Street and Mystic Valley Parkway. About 6,800 gallons of oil had been recovered as of Sunday afternoon, he said, noting some of the oil had probably evaporated over the weekend’s hot weather.

The DEP spokesman said the cleanup effort would likely be disrupted by Sunday’s severe weather. But he said rain could help the effort by flushing oil from storm drains in the neighborhood so it could be recovered out of the Mystic River.

Friday afternoon, the tanker truck owned by JP Noonan rolled over after failing to navigate a rotary.

The driver, a 65-year-old Framingham man, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Beth Israel Hospital.