About 20 members of the Byron Fire Department were dressed and ready to go march in a Memorial Day parade in nearby Bergen this morning when they were diverted to the scene of a roll-over accident.
A 500-gallon tank of ammonia-based fertilizer rolled over just before 8 a.m. at Cockram Road and Route 237 in Byron, which is northeast of Batavia in Genesee County.
No ammonia leaked, but Fire Department and Genesee County hazardous materials personnel were worried about shifting winds and evacuated everyone within a quarter mile radius of the intersection, including about six or seven homes containing a dozen people, said Charles Durkee, Byron fire chief.
Cockram Road and Route 237 were also shut down to traffic in the vicinity of the accident, Durkee said.
No one was injured during the incident, which drew about 45 first responders from the Fire Department and haz-mat team.
The tanker, owned by L-Brook Farms, was drained into two other tanks owned by the farm. The near-empty tank was transferred to farm property, Durkee said.
First responders do not know what caused the tanker to roll over.
The fire department got the call about 7:52 a.m. and the roads were reopened by 11 a.m.
Though the firefighters missed the Bergen parade, they finished just in time to march in Byron’s parade a mile away.
“We’re a tough bunch,” Durkee said.