Propane tanker sent into Winooski River following rollover crash

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MARSHFIELD — A 25-year-old man from Woodstock was involved in a single-vehicle crash in Marshfield yesterday.

The crash took place in the area of US Route 2 and Onion River Road at around 7:15 a.m.

Police say that Travis Gault was headed east when he lost control of his tractor-trailer unit.

The collision occurred on a corner of the road and it resulted in the separation of a fuel trailer.

Police say the propane trailer, loaded with nearly 12,500 gallons, came to uncontrolled rest in the Winooski River.

Several local area fire departments along with the Vermont State HAZMAT Team, Vermont Fish and Wildlife, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Agency of Transportation, Green Mountain Power, and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles responded to the scene.

Each agency provided a critical element to ensuring the overall safety of Gault, the first responders, neighboring residents, and the environment.

Police say the propane tanker was quickly stabilized by first responders and had a minimal environmental impact.

Crews off-loaded propane from the trailer that afternoon and the remaining fuel is being burnt to mitigate the hazard.

The trailer will be removed from the Winooski River when it no longer poses a hazard to first responders today.

Police say there were no injuries in this crash and the primary cause of this crash is still under investigation.