Gasoline tanker crash prompts evacuation on LI

July 22, 2010 9:35:53 AM PDT
About 45 homes were evacuated in a neighborhood in southeastern Nassau County after a gasoline tanker truck crashed and leaked about 2,000 gallons onto a local street.

Nassau County Police say the crash happened at about 6 a.m. Thursday in Woodmere.

Details of the accident were not immediately available, but police believe the tanker hit a tree and flipped, leaking the gasoline. Police say there was no indication the driver was injured.

A faint smell of gasoline permeated the area several hours after the crash. Police expected the residents of the evacuated homes to return by early afternoon.