The Lincolnwood Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to a reported hit and run to a gas pump that occurred at approximately 11:27 p.m. on February 2, 2020, at the BP located at 7200 Cicero in Lincolnwood. Upon arrival, it was determined that gas was flowing out of the ground and into the street and sewers on Cicero Avenue and that a Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) situation was in progress. The Lincolnwood Public Works Department was called to assist by placing sand to soak up some of the gasoline along with establishing barricades.
The Police Department investigated the spill, and it appeared that one of the gas pumps was hit by a driver and suffered underground damage. The gas station’s system showed that approximately 275 gallons of gas had flowed from the ground prior to the pumps being shut off. An environmental specialist from the Industrial Waste Division of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago determined that the environment in the sewer system was unstable and not safe. The specialist directed that the BP gas station to call an environmentally hazardous material cleanup contractor to clean up the gas on site and the Fire Department should flush the sewer with water to mitigate any safety issues within the sewer system. MWRD coordinated with the Fire Department to receive and process the materials in the system to mitigate impacts to the Village and MWRD’s sewer systems.
The owner of the gas station contacted and scheduled a cleanup company to address the remaining fuel on site. Cicero remained partially blocked in all directions between Touhy and Jarvis Avenues during the cleanup. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was notified and sent one truck to help block the scene.
The alleged driver for the incident has been issued a citation for this incident.
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