Overturned Gas Tanker Spills 3,000 Gallons of Fuel in Yellowstone

The road between Mud Volance and Fishing Bridge Junction in Yellowstone National Park remains is temporarily closed while park staff assess the impact of a gasoline spill.

Ellen Fike

August 28, 20201 min read

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You just gotta wonder if the driver of the gas tanker got bored and decided his rig could act like the “General Lee” from “The Dukes of Hazard.”

Looking at the photo, it doesn’t appear the road had a hairpin turn or anything.

And, as of now, there’s no evidence the driver was eluding a Yellowstone version of “Boss Hog.”

But somehow the back part of the rig got overturned and 3,000 gallons of fuel (unleaded) got spilled into the area.

As a result, the road between Mud Volcano and Fishing Bridge Junction in remained closed Friday while park staff assessed the impact of a gasoline spill.

Park officials say there is no evidence that gasoline entered the Yellowstone River. The incident remains under investigation.

The semi-truck was transporting the gas to facilities in the park.

Mud Volcano is open and can be accessed from the north.

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