(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - Hazmat Units from both the Boston Police Department and the Boston Fire Department responded to a gasoline spill in the area of 1246 Dorchester Ave. late Thursday evening.
Around 11:18 p.m. on Thursday, a gasoline tanker carrying 11,000 gallons of fuel struck a light pole in the area of 1246 Dorchester Ave. between Freeport Street and Savin Hill Avenue. During the crash, the tank was punctured and approximately 1,000 gallons of fuel leaked out before a second tanker was brought in to capture the remaining fuel.
Several different agencies were brought in to help with the Level 3 hazmat situation.
The Coast Guard is monitoring the Boston Harbor for signs of a slick after some of the fuel leaked into a storm drain.
Approximately 44 Dorchester Avenue residents were evacuated following the spill, but have since been allowed to return to their homes.
Also affected by the spill is the bus yard on Freeport Street which contains 200 Boston Public School buses. The buses will be able to exit the lot, but delays are expected.
Police encourage motorists to avoid the area of Dorchester Avenue between Freeport Street and Savin Hill Avenue during their morning commute.
Cleanup is expected to continue throughout the morning, but traffic should be back to normal by the afternoon.