Truck crash in Wilton’s Loughberry Lake forces temporary closure of Saratoga Springs water supply early Sunday

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WILTON – A pickup truck crashed into a lake that serves as the city of Saratoga Springs’ main water supply early Sunday, causing a temporary shutdown of its water plant, city officials said.

The driver was unharmed and the truck was removed from Loughberry Lake.

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Oil that spilled into the lake was contained to an area of the lake that was distant from the water plant’s intake system. 

The accident occurred just before 4 a.m. Sunday.

The Greenfield Fire Department, New York State Police, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Saratoga Springs Department of Public Works responded to the crash.

The DEC called for an environmental cleanup crew, and along with the DPW, deployed booms into the lake to contain oil that escaped from the truck.

Buoy booms remained in the lake to contain any remaining oil. Absorbent booms will mitigate any oil that spilled.

Because Loughberry Lake is the main water supply for the city of Saratoga Springs, the water treatment plant chief directed that the plant be temporarily shut down around 4 a.m. to determine the extent of the oil spilled following the crash.

Oil from the vehicle was contained to the northeast portion of the lake approximately a mile from the intake system and does not pose a problem for the water treatment plant. 

The water plant was restarted at 9 a.m., after the truck was removed from the lake and oil was contained. The New York State Department of Health was notified.

State police said Jeffrey D. Hulett, 29, of Wilton was traveling on Loughberry Lake Road when he went off the roadway and struck a ditch before overturning into the lake.

The cause of the crash was determined to be unsafe speed for weather conditions.

Hulett was evaluated by EMS at the scene, and he was cited.

Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.

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