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Truck leaks diesel fuel into S. Platte River

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DENVER — A truck leaked diesel fuel into the S. Platte River early Wednesday morning after it went over a median and punctured its fuel tank, according to Denver Environmental Health.

The truck was delivering tires around 5 a.m. when the leak occurred near Mississippi Avenue and Fox Street, said DEH.

About 20 to 60 gallons of diesel fuel leaked into the storm drains that lead into the river.

The driver was not aware of the leak, which is why it took awhile for officials to respond, said DEH. The leak was eventually reported by a cyclist.

Public health officials said people in the area may notice the smell of diesel, but there is no known public danger.

Denver Environmental Health and the Denver Fire Department responded to investigate the incident — an environmental company is on scene cleaning up.