UPDATE: More than 65 gallons of fuel spilled near Agua Dulce, half entered storm drain

A Los Angeles County Fire Department truck moves quickly to scene. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
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Between 65-70 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the punctured fuel tank of a big rig traveling southbound on Highway 14 near Agua Dulce om Wednesday morning, prompting a response by several agencies.

About 35 gallons of the spill found its way into a Los Angeles County storm drain, according to a report compiled today by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

“A freight tractor trailer struck road debris damaging the vehicle’s saddle tank,” the OES reported.

“An estimated 35 gallons of diesel fuel was released onto the roadway and a storm drain.  The destination of the drain was unknown,” according to the report.

Firefighters specially trained to deal with fuel spills were asked to join first responders on the right shoulder of the highway near Agua Dulce Canyon Road.

At 9:15 a.m., firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to reports of a Freightliner truck sustained a punctured fuel line, Fire Department spokeswoman Vanessa Lozano told The Signal.

Shortly after arriving at the scene, they called in members of the Fire Department’s Health Hazardous Materials team for a fuel spill.

The leaking big rig had pulled over to the right shoulder of the highway, Lozano said.

Representatives of Caltrans, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Steve Gonzales, spokesman for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, told The Signal no wildlife was affected by the spill.

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