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Wildwood Park may remain closed through weekend

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Wildwood Park may remain closed through the weekend because of a fuel spill caused by last week's tanker crash along Interstate 81 in Harrisburg.

Carl Dickson, director of Dauphin County Parks and Recreation, said a decision regarding the reopening of the park is expected Wednesday.

Cleanup of the fuel spill continues, and Dickson said the odor of diesel fuel in the park is still very strong.

About 2,000 gallons of spilled fuel went into a storm drain and reached Paxton Creek and Wildwood Lake after the tanker overturned and caught fire Thursday morning on the ramp from I-81 North to Route 22/322 West.

The park, which lies just northwest of the interchange, has been closed since the morning of the crash.

Pennsylvania Game Commission field officers removed 12 fuel-coated ducklings and goslings from the lake Thursday, but all had died by the following day. A propane-powered air cannon that creates intermittent sound blasts was later brought in to stop wildlife from entering the fuel-contaminated portion of the park.

Dickson said the cleanup costs have all been covered by the trucking company's insurance. He added that there has been very little revenue lost due to the park being closed.

He said most school programs scheduled at Wildwood this week were relocated to Fort Hunter Park.

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