A semitrailer truck Friday afternoon spilled about 50 gallons of diesel fuel that ended up in Batavia's stormwater sewer pipes, according to a news release from the Batavia Fire Department.
Batavia firefighters were called at 1:58 p.m. to Kirk and Douglas roads, authorities said, after the truck's drive shaft broke apart, tearing off the fuel connections between the truck's two saddle tanks.
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The fire department was able to stop the flow of the fuel in the sewer before it made it to Mahoney Creek, a tributary of the Fox River, according to the release. Cleanup lasted until 5 p.m.
In addition to fire crews from the Fermilab and North Aurora, a hazardous-materials cleanup company was brought in.
The cause of the truck's mechanical failure is not yet known, officials said.