(UPDATED) 50 gallons of heating oil spills onto Midtown street

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A delivery truck spilled roughly 50 gallons of heating oil onto a Midtown street Tuesday, splashing four people, officials said.
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A delivery truck spilled roughly 50 gallons of heating oil onto a Midtown street Tuesday, splashing on four people and spilling into the subway system, officials said.

Three bystanders and the Marathon Energy truck’s driver were hit by the oil at about 8:10 a.m. near Seventh Avenue and West 36th Street, according to the fire department.

All four were decontaminated and taken to Bellevue Hospital.

Some of the oil spilled into the subway system, but only two northbound 1 Trains had to run express past a nearby station, an MTA spokesman said.

The leak occurred when a hose pumping oil from the truck into a building on Seventh Avenue broke, officials said. The energy company said that an oil vent blockage in the building was the root cause of the leak.

The driver, with over 20 years experience, has delivered millions of gallons of oil throughout his career, the company said.

“The incident is being thoroughly investigated by our company as well as various government agencies,” the company said in a statement. “The DEC has already determined that the professional driver delivering the oil was not at fault and that Marathon Energy will not be issued a citation.”

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