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Environmental cleanup under way after box truck crashes into trout fishing area of Bristol river

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Police are investigating at crash on Memorial Boulevard on Wednesday morning. Police are investigating at crash on Memorial Boulevard on Wednesday morning.
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

A box truck was involved in a crash in Bristol on Wednesday morning.

The driver of the box truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the Pequabuck River in area of Memorial Boulevard and Willis Street around 9:30 a.m., police said.

The truck is owned by the New England Beverage Company out of Branford, according to environmental officials.

The crash has closed the westbound side of Memorial Boulevard between Mellen and Main streets, police said. Memorial Boulevard was expected to be closed for a few hours, police said. 

The truck was carrying soda cans when it crashed. Those bottles and some debris went into the river.

Members of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection were called to the crash because of "diesel fuel leaking into the river from the truck," police said.

It said the fuel that went into the river was a "trace amount."

DEEP said local firefighters were able to get a boom into the water to contain the fuel, bottles and debris.

An environmental contractor was said to be on the scene early Thursday afternoon to ensure a full cleanup of the water.

The area is a popular spot for fishermen and is stocked with trout by DEEP. Trout fishing is permitted in the area on a catch and release basis.

The effects of the crash are not expected to harm any of the fish.

Police said the driver of the box truck "was able to self-extricate" and suffered "minor injuries." The driver was taken to Bristol Hospital for treatment, police said. 

The truck itself has been righted and pulled out of the water.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, police said. The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

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