Coast Guard responding to gasoline spill in Merrimack River

BOSTON – Coast Guard personnel are responding to a gasoline spill from a fuel tanker that over turned on I-95 north just past the Merrimack River at 9:59 a.m. today.

Coast Guard Station Merrimack River responded with a 25-foot response boat crew. Additionally, two Newburyport harbor master vessels, an Amesbury harbor master vessel, and a Salisbury harbor master vessel are on scene.

There is currently a 500-foot security zone in effect around the scene of the incident.

Coast Guard marine science technicians are en route with a pollution response trailer.

The extent of pollution is unknown at this time, but there is gasoline spilling into the river.

“We are on scene and taking action to control the amount of pollution,” said Lt.j.g. Shelly D. Wyman, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Boston. “We are grateful to the local assets that are on scene, which will help with containment efforts.”

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