Hydraulic Leak Shuts Down Lowell Road

May 16, 2014

submitted by David S. Morin, HFD Public Information Liaison

While returning to their quarters from a training exercise on May 12, Hudson Ambulance 4 discovered a large hydraulic fluid spill in the area of 212 Lowell Road.  Firefighters determined the spill was coming from a Pinard waste truck located in the parking lot of the Market Basket store.

The spill covered an area from Hampshire Drive south on Lowell Road into the Market Basket parking lot.  Due to the size of the spill, additional firefighters, as well as personnel from the town highway and police departments, were called to the scene to assist.  Hudson Police closed Lowell Road to southbound traffic along with the entrance to Market Basket.

Firefighters and highway crews worked to contain the spill with absorbent material and sand.  The Hudson Auto Zone delivered 17 bags of the absorbent material to the scene from their store.  Pinard waste also provided absorbent material and a street sweeper.

The State Department of Environmental Service and the, State Department of Transportation responded to the scene to evaluate the environment risk and road damage.  Clean Harbors was called in to clean the material from the roadway.

Traffic was detoured into the Industrial Park then back onto Lowell Road at Flagstone Drive.  This detour caused a considerable traffic backup and long delays in the area.

Firefighters work for over three hours to contain the spill placing the call under control at 2:35 p.m.  It is estimated that 60 gallons of hydraulic fluid spilled from the truck.

In all, seven firefighters, officers and a chief officer staffing one ambulance, one engine and a utility vehicle worked at the scene.