Sep 15, 2021 4:00 PM

Employees, fire crews contain large diesel spill at Kan. plant

Posted Sep 15, 2021 4:00 PM

SHAWNEE COUNTY—Authorities cleaned up a large diesel spill Tuesday night in Topeka.

Just before 11p.m., fire crews responded to a diesel spill located at Mars Chocolate, 100 SW Mars Boulevard, according to Public Information Officer Alan Stahl. 

Crews found a large diesel fuel spill caused by a crushed fuel tank on a refrigerator trailer. Mars staff members had contained the spill before the arrival of fire crews.

Topeka firefighters assisted facility staff in controlling and monitoring the spill until a tow truck had moved the damaged trailer and no more fuel would spill. Fire crews then turned the scene over to Mars employees so they could continue the cleanup.

A preliminary investigation showed the cause of the spill was the trailer coming unhooked from the vehicle moving it, causing the landing gear (jacks) to collapse and crush the fuel tank. The estimated fuel spilled was 80 gallons.

The fuel spill was contained on paved surfaces and did not enter any drains or damage the environment, according to Stahl.