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Diesel Spill in West Richland

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -- A semi-truck hits a rock, breaking open its gas tank and spilling a hundred gallons of diesel fuel on the roadway.

West Richland Police say in a diesel spill the biggest threat is the one to the environment, not the threat of a fire. They say it is much harder for diesel to catch on fire than gasoline.

Friday night, at about 6, police say a Boise Cascade Truck hit a rock and began leaking diesel behind the Exxon Station on Van Giesen Street.

Police say EPA officials from Ellensburg were called out to assess the spill. Boise Cascade will be responsible for paying any clean-up costs.