Heating Oil and Pickup Trucks Collide in Susquehanna County

By Matt Porter

October 22, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM EDT

Lawton, PA (WBNG Binghamton) A pickup truck collided with a heating oil truck on Route 267, spilling oil and diesel fuel into the road.

The crash happened at around 2:30 p.m. Monday. Two people were involved, one driving each truck.

Witnesses said they heard several huge bangs at the time of the accident. They found a woman in the Chevrolet pickup and a man driving the heating truck.

"I just ran and flew down the mountain and came and saw a woman hanging out of a crushed car and there was oil spewing," said Heidi Curry visiting her parents from Belize, "So my mother and I called 911, and it wasn't very long before people were there to help. And there were a lot of people there, and they had to cut the car open to get her out."

Injuries to the drivers did not appear to be life-threatening, according to fire officials. Both were air-lifted to a local hospital.

Fireman said the H.O. Hinds Oil truck's capacity was 2,800 gallons. They were unable to determine how much had leaked at the scene, but estimated no more than 300-400 gallons.

"We've dumped a dump truck full of sand on to the side of the road to curtail any more of the diesel fuel flowing towards the creek," said Assistant Fire Chief Brock Small, Rush Fire Department.

Rush, United Montrose, Meshoppen, and Forest Lake Fire Departments responded to the scene.

Pennsylvania State Police were on scene investigating.