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Clean-up from gas tanker rollover could last through AM commute

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A gas tanker rolled over on an I-91 off ramp in Enfield (WFSB) A gas tanker rolled over on an I-91 off ramp in Enfield (WFSB)
A gas tanker rolled over on I-91 south in Enfield (WFSB) A gas tanker rolled over on I-91 south in Enfield (WFSB)
ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Some homes in Enfield were evacuated after a gasoline tanker rolled over on the I-91 south off-ramp.

The rollover was reported just after 1 p.m. on the exit 49 off-ramp. The on and off ramps are expected to be closed possibly until Tuesday morning due to the extent of the cleanup.

Connecticut State Police said the truck was actively leaking, and officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded. At about 3 p.m., officials said the leak had been stopped.

Officials said about five houses were evacuated because they are in close proximity to where the tanker rolled over.

Kimberly Voisine was one of the evacuees, but she and most of her neighbors were told it was safe to return. 

Three families can't go back home until Tuesday because there was a small explosion risk and DEEP wants to make sure their wells weren't contaminated. 

"We have a well too so we could have been the ones affected by it too," Voisine said. 

The three families that weren't allowed back into their homes were being housed for the night. They are expected to be back in their homes on Tuesday morning. 

The tanker was believed to have been full, carrying roughly 8,000 gallons of gas. Between 400 and 500 gallons spilled into the ground. DEEP officials said the clean up is extensive.

DEEP is working to remove the contaminated soil and replace it with new soil. Crews are still testing the soil to determine how much was impacted by the spill. 

According to DEEP, it is the responsibility of the gas tanker company to pay for the spill cleanup. 

As hundreds of gallons of gasoline spilled, Jessenia Garcia sprinted to help the driver. 

"He couldn't run, he couldn't walk, so we were helping him limp over here as fast as possible just in case the truck blew up for something," Garcia said. 

No lane closures on I-91 south were ever reported, but the exit 49 on and off-ramps are expected to be closed for an extended period of time, possibly until the end of the day on Tuesday.

The truck driver has minor injuries, police said.

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