Faulty sensor blamed for HRT fuel spill

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – About 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at a Hampton Roads Transit Station in Norfolk Friday.

Tom Holden with HRT confirmed the spill was discovered around 7 a.m. at the station in the 1600 block of Armistead Avenue.

Monticello Avenue was blocked in both directions from East Princess Anne Road to 14th Street for several hours, but is now reopened. However, Holden could not confirm that the cleanup is complete.

Holden said some of the fuel flowed into the sewer and got into storm drains, so crews will now have to extricate the fuel.

According to Holden, the sensor in an emergency generator at the back of the property malfunctioned and falsely indicated that more fuel was needed. As a result, too much fuel was pumped into the generator and leaked.

No businesses have been affected at this time.

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