600 Gallons of Vegetable Oil Leaks Onto Roadways

Spill causes slick conditions, closes several Hillsborough roads for hours.

More than 600 gallons of used vegetable oil leaked from a tanker truck, closing several Hillsborough roadways for hours late Thursday afternoon.

The slick conditions closed portions of Triangle, Farm, More and Stockton roads for several hours starting at about 3:30 p.m., Hillsborough Police said.

The truck was operated by Scott Engle, of Allentown, Pa.-based Environmental Energy Recycling Corp., police said. The company was responsible for the cleanup, police said.

The Hillsborough Police, Rescue Squad, Volunteer Fire Co. 36, Volunteer Fire Co. 37, Fire Co. 38, Somerset County Hazmat, Hillsborough Fire Safety, Hillsborough Health Department, Hillsborough Office of Emergency Management, Hillsborough Department of Public Works, Somerset County Department of Public Works and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection all responded to the scene.

Patricia Robbins October 06, 2012 at 04:18 PM
It was Wednesday, not Thursday!
Cas454 October 06, 2012 at 05:25 PM
No it was Thursday.
Richard Dean October 06, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I hope it didn't smell too bad. Back on a very hot and humid summer night in the early 1970's, a not so quite similar incident on NJ Route 23 in Morris County resulted in a need for the use of sanders and snow plows. Seems the tailgate came loose on a truck picking up meat renderings from various retailers dropped animal parts, blood and guts over a 3 mile stretch of the 4 lane divided highway. So NJDOT began with a couple of bucket loaders while the plows were hooked up and and sanders mounted which then went to limecrest quarry in Sparta to fill up with lime used for lawns and decontamination. Being around 90 degrees late at night the odor spread for miles.
Hillsborough JR Raiders Sports, Inc. October 15, 2012 at 03:27 PM
It still stinks, you can smell the oil when the kids play football on Triangle Road.


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