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The Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Card is administered by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) and supported by the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC)

This specialist course can only be delivered by the approved provider, the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) in Canberra

The Card recognizes that the holder has received formal training in dealing with bulk tanker emergencies

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December 2010


CROIERG has had discussions with the NSW RTA following our presentation on October 25th to the RTA F3 Incident Working Party that is considering the recommendations (19, 20, and 21) of the Moroney Report

A meeting was held in Yass NSW on November 10. 2010 to consider a request from the RTA Working Party for CROIERG suggestions towards improving industry response to road tanker incidents on major highways.

Present were: -

Inspector. Kim Reeson New South Wales Fire Brigade Acting Manager HAZMAT
Peter Dwyer OAMPS Insurance Brokers Chairman CROIERG
Brian O’Connor OAMPS Insurance Brokers Secretary CROIERG
Paul Pulver Ron Finemore Transport (C’mte Member)
Brian Withers Ron Finemore Transport (C’mte Member)
Gary Davoren TransPacifc Solutions (C’mte Member)
Bob Waldron Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC)
Paul Harrison Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC)


In summary the meeting agreed that the next step would be to wait for a report from Inspector Kim Reeson on his proposed meeting the RTA/Govt Committee on Monday November 15th and in the interim the three parties involved in the discussions today (CROIERG, TISC and Transpacific) would begin preliminary work on: -

  1. Providing pricing for the supply of appropriate trailer units, and trailer maintenance, (CROIERG)
  2. Competency based training for emergency responders & emergency services for road tanker incidents (TISC); and
  3. Labour competent of a road tanker emergency response (TransPacific)

Following this meeting the NSW RTA has requested a detailed CROIERG submission for their next meeting, which was scheduled for November 22nd

This submission was formatted and submitted to the RTA on November 18th

CROIERG are now working on the next stage of a more detailed submission.

Members will be kept informed of any developments.


We have received many queries in regard to access to the CROIERG Trailers & Equipment. The following is an extract from the CROIERG Member’s Manual that explains this in simple English!

Response to:

  • member needs
  • emergency services / government special requests in emergency situations


The following conditions apply to all locations where CROIERG has spill response trailers/equipment


Host company staff will attend the premises where trailers are stored and provide member access to the CROIERG trailers and/or equipment.

Note: the CROIERG trailers & equipment are not available to CROIERG non-members

  • Cost of host company staff time. (Responding member) [USER];
  • The USER should provide a full accountability of all materials used.


  • The USER Pays
    - Account will be rendered on basis of lists provided.
    - Reconciliation with Group Stock Lists
    - Terms: Nett 7 Days.
    - Members would respond to own needs using CROIERG Response Spill Trailers / CROIERG Equipment...
    - Member would respond with own staff and towing vehicles.
    - Prior arrangements should be in place if assistance is required from other members and labour costs incurred.
    - Member responsibility for payment of materials used
  • Third party responders can only access CROIERG trailers and equipment on behalf of financial members of CROIERG.
  • Equipment usage by non-members is not allowed


If a situation was considered by the Emergency Services and or Governments to be of a serious nature and CROIERG equipment could be of assistance in the reduction of damage to the environment or the controlling of the emergency situation CROIERG Trailers and Back-Up Supplies would be made available to assist the Emergency Services and/or requesting Government Department/Agency

This assistance would be conditional upon the requesting Emergency Service or Government Department guaranteeing payment for equipment used, damages, cleaning of trailers etc and providing their own transport.

For any further information on equipment access, please contact:

Brian O’Connor, CROIERG Secretary PO Box 362, YASS NSW 2582

Phone: (02) 6226 1752; Mobile: 0428 627 777; Fax: (02) 6226 1643;


The Stage 2 of the CROIERG/TISC Training Project will be underway in the New Year at the TISC Sutton Road, Canberra, Training Complex.

Mack Gasoline Tanker
Mack Gasoline Tanker

No. You don’t have to be this old?

We are looking to recruit people with oil industry experience (E.g. ex tanker drivers) who could assist the TISC instructors/trainers in explaining the practical side of petroleum product tankers, product recovery etc.

Details can be obtained from Paul Harrison (Skills Manager, TISC)

Ph. 02 6297 7187 Mobile 0407 223 125



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The CROIERG Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday December 14th in Yass at the Yass Soldiers Club

Items for inclusion in the meeting agenda should be forwarded to The Secretary PO Box 362 Yass NSW 2582 or email


The latest from the National Transport Commission with some important points for consideration. Ed

November 2010 Melbourne Vic

SMART trucks can reduce motorist concerns about road freight

A national scheme encouraging innovative and higher productivity vehicles has the potential to reduce public concerns regarding freight vehicles on the road according to a research released commissioned by the National Transport Commission (NTC).

The NTC commissioned the report, entitled Understanding public perceptions of road freight, to explore perceptions of heavy vehicles among the Australian public.

The report  also gauged reactions to the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme – a key Council of Australian Government’s reform that allows the heavy vehicle industry to achieve higher productivity and safety through innovative truck and bus design.

The research was undertaken by an independent market research agency, and involved interviews with 1500 motorists from urban and regional Australia

View the complete document. (4135Kb)


It doesn't take much analysis to reach the conclusion that truck rollovers are very dangerous.

Studies have shown that over 6 percent of the heavy truck fatalities and incapacitating injuries on U.S roads alone are a result of rollover accidents.

Modern trucks fitted with ESP (Electronic Stability Program) have a greater chance of avoiding the problem, but this retrofittable early warning tanker roll-over device developed by Bertocco Automotive Engineering of Italy and Shell Chemicals Europe provides added safety for older vehicles... and it's just been awarded top prize in the EuroTra Safety and Innovation Award 2010.


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Here’s a news report on fuel transportation with a difference. Ed

November 18, 2010 Vancouver Canada

Tankers may someday steam into the mouth of the Fraser River but they will likely carry jet fuel, not oil from Alberta's tar sands.

A proposed aviation fuel terminal in south Richmond just upstream of Deas Island would be the destination for tankers and barges to offload.

The jet fuel would then be carried across Richmond to Vancouver Airport by a new pipeline to meet growing air traffic demand.

Port Metro Vancouver chief financial officer Allan Baydala said the proposal, by the Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation, is the only potential project he's aware of that might send fuel tankers up the Fraser.

He was responding to a Vancouver newspaper's story on oil tanker traffic that said tankers may also go upriver but gave no details.

Tanker at Loading Point

Tanker at Loading Point

According to the airlines-controlled fuel corporation, the $70-million project would bring one tanker a month and barges every two weeks to the new aviation fuel offloading facility.

Some jet fuel is carried to the airport via an existing pipeline from Burnaby, but it can't keep up with the airport's growth and fuel is increasingly being trucked in from the U.S.

Oil shipments became a contentious issue this summer, in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, when Vancouver council and environmental groups became aware tankers were sailing right under the Lions Gate Bridge, loading up crude piped from the oil sands and carrying it to the U.S. and China.

Georgia Strait Alliance executive director Christianne Wilhelmson said her group hasn't studied the jet fuel proposal in detail but said it's likely of less concern because it's lighter than crude oil.

"Not that a spill is a good thing in either case," she said. "But a crude oil tanker in Burrard Inlet is a far bigger threat to the marine environment than jet fuel. It's a lighter fuel – it won't go to the bottom and sit there."

Kinder Morgan, which operates the Trans Mountain Pipeline that delivers crude oil from northern Alberta to north Burnaby for loading onto tankers, says it has no intention of developing another export terminal on the lower Fraser.

"We have no expansion planned for the Fraser River," said external relations manager Lexa Hobenshield.

Nor has it made any final decision yet on a potential major expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

The project, which has alarmed some area politicians, could more than double the capacity of the line, increasing the delivery of crude oil and other petroleum products to as much as 700,000 barrels a day.

  • Note. This is not far from Australia’s total refining capacity. Ed

The current capacity is 300,000 barrels per day, supplying about 70 tankers a year.

Whether the expansion goes ahead may hinge on whether Enbridge wins approval to build a rival oil pipeline across northern B.C. to Kitimat, a proposal fiercely opposed by environmental groups and First Nations.

Kinder Morgan's expansion will only proceed if there's public support and market demand, Hobenshield said. It would also be subject to extensive review and federal approval.

The jet fuel terminal and pipeline project in Richmond is still undergoing an environmental assessment and no formal application has been made to the port yet, said Port Metro Vancouver's Baydala.

If the project advances, he said, a specific tanker risk assessment will be required.

The Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation has sought to address various questions about the safety of tankers plying the river, such as a scenario where a tanker is disabled.

It says tankers would be double-hulled, guided by professional river pilots and assisted by tugs when docking.

The terminal would be at one of the widest points on the lower river, so even large Panamax-size tankers will be able to turn around, likely assisted by tugs, a project report says.

The corporation says the project is needed because trucking fuel to the airport is inefficient, riskier and generates more greenhouse gas emissions than using a new pipeline.



Quick actions by tanker driver

November 2, 2010 Gympie Queensland

When a motorcyclist fell off his bike on the Bruce Highway near Tiaro on Sunday, Hervey Bay mother Anita Milis was sure he was about to be crushed to death by an oncoming gas tanker.

Miraculously the tanker driver was able to manoeuvre the truck around the body of the motorcyclist, saving him from certain death.

Fire crew at Gympie Qld incident

Ms Milis, who was driving along the highway at the time of the accident, still finds it hard to believe the motorcyclist survived.

"I thought the driver was going to run over him for sure; that man deserves a medal," she said.

After calling emergency services for help Ms Milis and some other motorists did their best to control traffic.

A group of nurses who had been travelling north tended to the injured biker, who was later taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

While seeing the near miss was scary, Ms Milis said the most frightening thing happened after the accident. She said even though it was clear there was an injured man lying on the road impatient drivers almost caused more accidents.

"The cars would not slow down," Ms Milis said. "I was abused by one driver who wanted to get through.

"One car went up the back of another while I was standing there and two other accidents nearly happened. "I don’t know what it’s going to take for them to slow down."

The accident happened about 10am Sunday. The road was re-opened about 11am.



A Report on Call Centers that will be of Interest to Members. Ed

November 16, 2010 Hudson, Mass. USA

Calvin Teixeira's phone rang just before 2 a.m. in the small Massachusetts town of Hudson, 30 miles west of Boston. He was working the night shift at Spill Center, a 20-year-old company that manages environmental spills of hazardous materials and other regulated substances that pose a risk and require immediate cleanup. On the other end of the line was a client, a trucking company based in northwest Ohio. One of its tank trucks carrying a hazardous waste solution of hydrochloric acid had rolled over on the Ohio Turnpike in the town of Streetsboro.

About half of the tanker's 3,900 gallons of the toxic solution had spilled into a ditch beside the road, according to the Highway Patrol. Troopers shut down the highway and ordered residents of 20 homes in the vicinity to evacuate. The truck's driver, who was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, may have fallen asleep at the wheel, police said. A wrecker was on scene to pull the overturned tanker back upright.

The trucking company manager made the call to Spill Center after he received word of the accident by police on scene. They wanted to know how it would be handled. Teixeira, a Spill Center compliance associate, spoke briefly with the manager, taking down the location, material spilled, amount and other details. The manager wanted Spill Center to get a cleanup contractor to the site, one with a vacuum truck that could off-load product and suck up spilled acid. He also wanted Spill Center to make all the incident reports to local, state and federal authorities.

Tom Moses, an environmental attorney, former U.S. EPA toxicologist and president of Spill Center, founded Spill Center more than 20 years ago on the premise that most carriers need assistance in dealing with the "maze of government regulations" and reporting requirements surrounding hazmat spills. He started the company to help level the playing field for clients involved in environmental releases requiring cleanup, he noted.

"Spill generators often get so caught up in the rush to clean up a spill that they slip up on the reporting side," Moses noted. "We offer comprehensive spill reporting services for jurisdictions throughout the U.S. and much of Canada to help clients avoid fines and penalties for missing reporting deadlines and other compliance issues." 

After Teixeira hung up the phone, he pulled up the client's pre-filed spill contingency plan. It contains contact information on the company, preferred contractors and other details he needed to manage the incident, Moses related.

Spill Center maintains information on over 3,000 cleanup contractors qualified to handle hazmat spills throughout North America. Teixeira contacted Sunpro, a contractor in North Canton, Ohio, which offers 24/7 emergency spill response and remediation services for hazardous releases. A crew would be there with the right equipment within two hours, he said.

Teixeira next used Spill Center's database to determine which agencies needed reports. He reviewed the regulations covering acid spills in the jurisdictions involved. There was little time to waste. Some jurisdictions have a very tight deadline for phoning in spills before incurring a fine for late reporting.

In Massachusetts, the window is only two hours after the spill occurs.

The agency search went quickly. Requirements of some 30,000 jurisdictions are in the Spill Center database. The DOT required a report since it involved a highway closure. The acid went into a ditch and could impact water, triggering a report to the National Response Center (NRC). Teixeira called in reports to the Ohio EPA, local Emergency Planning Committee, Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the NRC. He also called the on-scene trooper in charge to inform him that Spill Center was managing the response on behalf of the carrier and a cleanup contractor was on the way.

"The contractor called me once he arrived on scene; then I updated our client," related Teixeira. "Sunpro had a four-man crew at the site, with another four-man crew coming with roll-off boxes to hold contaminated soil, absorbent pads and other solid waste. They had to excavate the soil, replace it with clean soil and lay sod," he said.

The crews, working at the direction of the EPA, generated 30 full roll-off boxes, each with about 15 tons of soil and waste, noted Teixeira. 

The contractor called Teixeira several times with updates, reporting on the scope of work, disposal plans and follow-up testing of the soil. At each step, Teixeira notified the client. By the start of the day shift, Teixeira was ready to hand the case over to another compliance associate, who would send out letters and written reports to the regulatory agencies that require them. Follow-up documentation would also be handled by Spill Center. All spill-related invoices would come to Spill Center to be audited for accuracy. 

"That was just another day at Spill Center," observed Moses, who also represents clients at legal proceedings related to environmental claims. "Clients know that no phone goes unanswered here, even on holidays and weekends. And when it rings in the middle of the night, we have a pretty good idea of what's in store for us."

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This News Report with dramatic photos and video link. Ed

November 8 2010 POLAND

Two freight trains carrying oil and petrol have collided in the Polish city of Bialystok, causing a huge explosion.

"The last tank derailed and collided with a locomotive moving in the opposite direction towards Bialystok. This caused the explosion and the fire. When we arrived at the site we found a lot of burning tanks. We immediately started to extinguish the fire in order to stop it from spreading to the nearby buildings, "said the head of the Bialystok firefighters unit, Jan Gradkowski.

Freight train collision in Poland

Freight train collision in Poland

Fireman on the rail tracks in Poland

Fireman on the rail tracks in Poland

Rail Tank Cars strewn after Poland crash and fire

Rail Tank Cars strewn after Poland crash and fire

More than 30 fire engines were sent to the site.

"We can say now that there is no danger of other tanks exploding. But this is a fire and there might be some unexpected developments. The situation is dramatic, but it is under control. We are getting extra staff from other provinces to fight the fire," Gradkowski said.

Two train drivers were injured in the explosion, but according to the Bialystok mayor, Tadeusz Truskolaski, the injuries were not life-threatening.

"Two injured train drivers went home after they received medical assistance," he said.

17 out of 32 tanks carrying oil and petrol caught fire, but the firefighters managed to stop the blaze from spreading to nearby buildings.


View a video of this dramatic incident.


Noted: -CROIERG distributed this NTC Report to members by group email on November 16th. Ed

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code sets out the requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road or rail.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) published the 7th edition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG 7) in 2007. Subsequently, the legislation has been implemented by Australian States and Territories.

The NTC is undertaking a review of the implementation of ADG 7, and is seeking feedback from organisations and individuals regarding:

·         Whether you or your organisation has been impacted by inconsistencies in implementation and administration of ADG 7 in state and territory law (please provide as much detail as possible about each inconsistency and the problems it has caused, or may cause.)

·         Any concerns that you or your organisation may have regarding the regulatory outcomes produced by the implementation of ADG 7, or the legislation by which ADG 7 was implemented.

Submissions close on 27 November 2010 and can be submitted to Mr Ray Hassall, NTC Manager Legal, via email: by post to:

National Transport Commission Level 15/628 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

More information about the Australian Dangerous Goods Code is available on the NTC website.


November 12, 2010 Quebec CANADA

The cleanup continues on Highway 13 in Boisbriand, Que., after a tanker truck carrying an estimated 50,000 litres of kerosene overturned Thursday night.

Canada kerosene tanker crash
Canada kerosene tanker crash

The crash closed two access ramps on Highway 13 at the intersection of Highway 640. By noon, Transport Quebec had reopened the northbound ramp, but the southbound ramp remained closed. Cleanup crews are still on the scene.

Provincial police Sgt. Guy Lapointe said the truck was travelling on the access ramp for Highway 13 southbound when the driver lost control around 10 p.m.

Emergency crews work on tanker

The vehicle tipped and kerosene spilled from at least one of the truck's two tanks. Each tank was carrying 25,000 litres of kerosene aviation fuel.

"Thankfully following the tip-over not all of the fuel has been spilled, but we are still talking about a spillage in the excess of a few thousand litres," Lapointe said. The driver was not injured.

Lapointe said the cause of the crash was likely driver error.

"He probably took the ramp a little too fast which caused the truck to tip over," said Lapointe.

The spill caused major traffic disruptions in the area during the Friday morning commute.

It is not known when the southbound access ramp to Highway 13 will reopen.



OK it’s USA focused and not Aussie but it is a first class production and safety orientated. We can always learn. Ed

Washington, DC, USA October 28, 2010–

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced that educational materials concerning oil site hazards that threaten the lives of teenagers have been distributed to more than 150 Mississippi school superintendents. The CSB is calling on schools across the state to incorporate the video and lessons into school curricula. 

The products include the CSB’s safety video, " No Place to Hang Out: The Danger of Oil Sites," and a lesson plan to be incorporated into school curricula across the state.

The project’s aim is to save the lives of teenagers in rural areas who often socialize at oil and gas production and storage sites and who are seemingly unaware of the explosion hazards.

"No Place to Hang Out," was released at a news conference on April 13, 2010, in Hattiesburg, MS. The video tells the story of the tragic deaths of 18-year-old Wade White and 16-year-old Devon Byrd. The two boys were killed on October 31, 2009, when an oil tank located in a clearing in the woods near one of the boys’ homes in Carnes, MS, exploded.

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso stated, "As the one-year anniversary of this tragic accident approaches, the CSB is committed to doing whatever we can to help schools across the state of Mississippi develop and implement an effective oil tank safety campaign. Our goal, which we are certain is shared by school superintendents, is to be able to reach as many young people as possible in order to save the lives of teenagers exposed to this hazard."

CSB Investigator Vidisha Parasram said, "This video directly focuses on educating teenagers and young people. The CSB decided that a video aimed at this age group would be the best way to spread a strong safety message, especially if accompanied by a lesson plan and discussion."

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November 2, 2010 DUBAI

The accident happened on Manama Road in the Al Awir area.

Police said the driver of the 4,500-gallon tanker lost control of the wheel near a roundabout and the vehicle turned over on its side.

"We rushed to the scene and used our cranes to remove the tanker because it was near the high voltage line. We transferred the driver to Rashid Hospital," said Major Expert Juma Al Felasi, the head of the Land Rescue Department at Dubai Police.



November 1, 2010 Canterbury New Zealand

A truck carrying dangerous goods was caught travelling at nearly double the speed limit in Woodend days after a Christchurch truckie was killed nearby.

As part of an operation prompted by complaints from Woodend residents, the Canterbury Highway Patrol caught 10 trucks speeding through the town yesterday.

The 4am police sting caught one truck, with a cargo of dangerous goods, travelling at 94km/h through the 50km/h zone in the North Canterbury town.

"The driver, who had his licence suspended for 28 days immediately due to travelling at over 40km/h over the speed limit, will be charged," Act-ing Senior Sergeant John Hamilton said.

Last weekend, Christchurch truck driver Russell John Clark, 48, died when he failed to take a 55km/h bend in North Canterbury and crashed into a cliff at the Conway River. Police believe speed was a factor in the crash.

"We have just had a fatal truck crash over the weekend where speed is thought to have been a contributing factor," Hamilton said.

"Although we just keep pushing the same message through to drivers to slow down and keep to the speed limit, some of them just aren't getting the message."

Canterbury police began the operation last Thursday at 4am and caught 26 speeding trucks – 90 per cent of the total number of heavy vehicles that travelled through Woodend over a 90-minute period.

Some trucks were travelling at speeds as high as 75km/h through the 50km/h area of town, Hamilton said.

The operation would continue in the coming months in towns such as Amberley, Timaru and Ashburton. Hamilton said some truckies had a "culture of speed".

Road policing manager Al Stewart said: "It's disappointing to see so many trucks travelling at high speeds considering how difficult it is for them to stop."



October 29, 2010 Ramsey County, Minnesota USA

A trucker swerved Wednesday morning to try to avoid a car, rolled his tanker, then got out of his cab and was run over by another vehicle and critically hurt, authorities said.

It happened about 3:50 a.m. at Hwy. 10 and Ramsey County Road 96 in Arden Hills,
according to the State Patrol.

Gary M. Vanderweyst, 57, of Princeton, Minn., was heading south on Hwy. 10 in his tanker truck when it collided with a car going east on County Road 96 and being driven by Anthony J. Helm, of Shoreview, the patrol said.

The tanker rolled into oncoming traffic on Hwy. 10, striking a third vehicle traveling north on Hwy. 10.
"The driver jumped out of his truck and went to check on injuries of the other drivers," the patrol said. While crossing the highway, Vanderweyst was struck by yet another vehicle, a minivan.

Vanderweyst was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and was in critical condition, the patrol said. None of the other drivers were injured.

The patrol said that Helm was suspected of drinking and driving. No alcohol use was
detected in any of the others.



October 30, 2010 Greenville SC USA

It's going to take at least eight hours for the cleanup after a tanker flipped over in Greenville, authorities said.

It happened around 11 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Arlington Boulevard and Memorial Drive.

The A.Z. Widenhouse truck truck took a turn too fast and flipped over, Greenville Fire-Rescue officials said.

That tanker was carrying 6,000 gallons of liquid asphalt, which is flammable.

A small amount of diesel fuel also leaked out. That's the danger, police said.

Nearby businesses -- a gas station, fast-food restaurant and a bank -- have been closed because of their proximity to the spill.



This article courtesy of Margaret Taylor of ACAPMA. Ed

November 2, 2010 Marshfield, Wisconsin USA

The construction of a new combustion turbine, electricity-generating power plant in Yellowstone Industrial Park also has provided for the addition of a new weapon to Marshfield's firefighting arsenal.

Thanks to Marshfield Utilities, the Fire and Rescue Department received two trailers containing 1,100 gallons of flammable liquid suppression foam.
Combined, the units cost about $80,000, which was included as part of the overall cost for the power plant.

Firefighters trained with the new foam equipment Monday afternoon to test the distance and amount of foam used to attack liquid fuel fires, such as ethanol or diesel.

Foam is used to blanket the oil and keep vapors from seeping through and igniting the fire. The new power plant site includes two 75-gallon diesel fuel tanks.

Marshfield firefighters test the new foam equipment

Although the chances of a diesel fire at the plant are slim, Marshfield firefighter Jody Clements said the department and Marshfield Utilities want to be prepared.

"Marshfield Utilities was looking at the community, too," Clements said. "They made upgrades so specific for their facility, but also for the whole community."

Prior to receiving the equipment, Clements said the department didn't have the capability to take out a fire larger than one that could be produced by an overturned truck or small spill. Otherwise, in past history, the department would call in assistance
from neighboring fire agencies, which also carry small quantities of foam because of the expense.

"This is something in central Wisconsin we haven't had a capability for," Deputy Fire Chief Roy Dolens said. Outside of the possibility of private firms, not even neighboring cities Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids have foam amounts at this level, he said.

The trailer can shoot foam from more than 100 feet away from a fire, which helps keep firefighters safe.

But even at about 100 to 175 feet, firefighters manning the foam trailers could still be too close, Dolens said, which is why the trailers can be adjusted to shoot foam automatically."I hope we never have to use it," Clements said."



November 7, 2010 Sinola MEXICO

A Tanker truck transporting fuel collided with a passenger bus in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, killing 21 people, local officials said.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the crash, which took place just before midnight on Friday near the border with Nayarit state.

A source at Sinaloa's prosecutors office told AFP that 19 people died in the crash, and two more died later in a local hospital.

The victims included two minors and eight women, the source said.

Local press reported that the truck was transporting more than 20,000 litres of fuel in two tanks. The tanker the main truck was towing apparently broke loose and rolled downhill, slamming into the oncoming bus.

"We fear that there are whole families among the victims," the source said.

Ten bus passengers were wounded, including a six year-old boy, officials said.



November 4, 2010 Tampa FLORIDA

A gas leak on a truck carrying 2,400 gallons of propane was brought under control after about 2 1/2 hours today, firefighters said.

Fire crews respond to leaking propane tanker

Fire crews respond to leaking propane tanker

The Heritage Propane truck was delivering to Florida Structural Steel at Fifth Avenue and 26th Street. Crews sprayed water to disperse the leaking propane.

No injuries were reported, Tampa Fire Rescue said. The evacuation of two businesses and two houses affected about 30 people.

The gas flow was shut off about 11:40 a.m. Officials said an automatic valve apparently had been stuck in the open position.



October 31, 2010 Austin Texas USA

A tanker truck driver died in a fiery crash Saturday morning shutting down the 183 overpass near Mopac in Northwest Austin. 

Investigators say the driver took the 183 overpass too fast. The truck flipped on its side, and caught fire around 6 am. 

The Texas Department of Transportation says the goal is to open the busy roadway in time for UT game traffic Saturday evening.

Firecrews working on Austin overpass

Firecrews working on Austin overpass

The semi was carrying 61-hundred gallons of fuel, and investigators believe the driver died inside.

"The curve was too much for the speed the tanker was going. It did roll over on its side and it ruptured at that point and caught fire," said Lt. Rory Clark with the Austin Police Department.

The name of the driver has not been released until the family has been notified.

Firefighters let the fire burn itself out, but sprayed water underneath the bridge to keep it from melting and collapsing.

"If we would have put water on that fire our runoff would have been contaminated, and we didn't want that. That's why we made the decision to let it burn," said Lt. Randy Elmore.

The crash shut down the 183 overpass near Mopac for several hours Saturday.

"Traffic was backed up all the way up north for miles, so it was real tedious just trying to get through this morning," said Austin driver Marshall Curtis.

Tex-dot says there is no structural damage to the overpass, only superficial. Damage is estimated at $500,0000 dollars.

"I guess if there is any silver lining to this cloud it did not happen on a Monday morning," said John Hurt with the Texas Department of Transportation.

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November 6, 2020 Ottawa Canada

A head-on collision at Woodroffe and Rideaucrest turned into a domino effect of crashes.

Paramedic officials say a white Pontiac Grand Am and black Mitsubishi collided around noon.

The Grand Am ended up travelling through the parking lot of an Esso gas station hitting parked cars and a gas tanker.

The truck driver was not injured, but three people in the Grand Am were treated at the scene with minor injuries.

Precautionary measures were taken to ensure the tanker wasn't leaking and posed no risk of starting a fire.



November 11, 2010 California, OH

A truck driver is facing charges after a crash and tar spill shut down Interstate 275 for six hours on Tuesday.

Troy Hudson, 33, of Georgetown was traveling westbound on I-275 near Kellogg Avenue around 8 a.m. when he failed to control his truck, struck a utility pole, overturned, and caught fire.

Bitumen tanker rollover

Bitumen tanker rollover

Fire on tanker

Fire on tanker

Ohio I-75 incident

Ohio I-75 incident

The crash caused gallons of liquid asphalt sealant to spill onto the roadway.

Hudson was taken to Mercy Hospital-Anderson, where he was treated for minor injuries. He is now charged with failure to control, a minor misdemeanor.

A passenger in Hudson's truck, Mike Kretching, 32, of Batavia, was also taken to Mercy Hospital-Anderson with minor injuries.

Police say both men were wearing seatbelts. The road was closed until about 2:15 p.m.



November 6, 2010 Newton Aycliffe UK

With a smoke plume visible for miles around and the sound of exploding aerosol cans filling the air, the blaze at Stillers Warehousing and Distribution centre attracted many onlookers.

Graeme Hetherington was in Newton Aycliffe.

The noise as nearly 300-tonnes of aerosols exploded simultaneously could be heard for miles around. The blast was powerful enough to lift the entire roof off warehouse nine at the Sillers distribution centre and a split second later smoke and flames soared 200ft into the sky.

All over Newton Aycliffe, people stopped what they were doing and watched open-mouthed as a mushroom cloud rose into the sky.

Plume from factory fire in UK

Plume from factory fire in UK

Around the accident site, bits of red hot aerosol tin rained down – some landing more than a mile away.

Wagon driver Steven Cooper, who was parked next to the pallets at the heart of the fire, could not believe what happened.

The 49-year-old, who works for Tony Ward, said: "I was just getting ready to unload my wagon when someone shouted ‘Fire’ right next to me. The next thing I knew, everyone was being told to evacuate the area as a small fire broke out on one of the pallets. Within minutes there was an almighty explosion.

"It took no time at all for the fire to spread and my truck went up in flames.

"Thankfully, everyone got out of the depot really quickly and I don’t think anyone was seriously hurt."

Eyewitnesses told of their shock at the scale of the fire and the speed with which it tore through the building.

Louise Sanderson, whose office at DSM overlooks the distribution centre, watched with horror as the building went up in flames.

She said: "I was sitting outside the office when I heard a loud bang and saw flames coming from the depot.

"After a couple of minutes the building was well alight and there was an almighty bang as the roof blew off and the walls started to crumble down.

"I have never seen or heard anything like it – it was really terrifying. We could feel the heat of the fire in our building and the sound was incredible.

"I’m just relieved that nobody was hurt."

Andrew Briggs, who also works for the manufacturing company, said: "It was like nothing I have ever seen before. When the fire first started it didn’t look that bad, but after a couple of minutes there was a massive explosion.

"It was like an atomic bomb – there was a huge mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke and a constant sound of small explosions as the canisters blew – it was an amazing scene."

The plumes of smoke attracted dozens of people to the scene, with many capturing images on mobile phones.

Glen Henderson said: "I heard a really loud bang and could see the smoke from the other side of the town, so I decided to come across and see what was happening.

When I got here, I couldn’t believe how high the flames were and just started filming it on my camera to show everyone what it was like."

The reverberations from the explosion could be felt across the town and there were reports that at one point aerosols were flying through the air as they exploded.

Samantha Johnson, of Newton Aycliffe, said: "The sound of the aerosols exploding sounded like minirockets shooting off in all directions.

"Some of the tins were seen scattered on the roads around the site."

People living nearby were warned to stay indoors and keep their windows closed, but that didn’t deter people wanting to catch a glimpse of the blaze.

Garry Parker, from Newton Aycliffe, said: "There was a really loud explosion – you could feel the shake, it shook the house. It was like thunder coming through the ground."

Local Durham County Councillor Mike Dixon reiterated the importance of people keeping away from the scene.

He said: "It is really important that we get information out to the people living in the area.

Residents need to know exactly what happened as soon as possible.

"As a council we need to let people know what to do and whether the smoke is toxic or not."

She said: "We have had a few come in from the factories not just the kids from the nursery, who we’ve given a separate room.

"The police have come in and told us to keep the doors closed.

"We have had one guy come in after waking up to start his night shift and he doesn’t know if he’s got a job to go to."


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November 11, 2010 Mt. Juliet, Tenn. USA

Westbound lanes of Interstate 40 will be shut down at Highway 109 until at least 10 p.m. after a fatal head-on crash in Wilson County.

The incident involved a pick-up truck and tanker at mile marker 226 around 11:10 a.m. Wednesday.

Tanker and pickup in Tennessee

Witnesses said the pick-up drove the wrong way down the off-ramp from I-40 to Mt. Juliet Road and slammed into the tanker, causing an explosion. The tanker rolled onto its side, and slid across all lanes and onto the shoulder.

Witness Dean Ginn saw the truck coming down the exit the wrong way before it hit the tanker.

"The truck hit the cab, and when that truck flipped, it knocked the front wheels and axel off of the truck," said Ginn.

Shauna Satterfield and her mother were driving behind the tanker. She said wheels from the semi flew over her vehicle.

"It busted into flames, the semi tipped over and began sliding. It was engulfed in flames," said Satterfield.

Another truck driver tried to extinguish the flames while Satterfield and other drivers tried to help the tanker driver. She said he was pinned inside the cab.

"We did not get him out of the truck. He was completely pinned in – his legs were completely pinned in," she said.

Police said witnesses tried to help the man before emergency medical crews arrived on scene, but he succumbed to his injuries.

Officials said the driver of the pick-up was killed immediately upon impact. The identities of the victims have not been released. the truck was owned by a company out of Ohio.

Besides traffic, police had another worry. The tanker was leaking an acid called ferric chloride. Inhaled in large quantities the chemical can be fatal, but the leak was small. HAZMAT crews were called to the scene, but officials said the public was not in danger at any time.

Crews from the Mt. Juliet Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency were called to the scene. Officers from the Lebanon Police Department were assisting in diverting traffic to Hwy 109 (Exit 232) and Beckwith Rd. 

Corporal  Tyler Chandler with the Mt. Juliet Police Department said the interstate and Mt. Juliet Road off ramp were closed while officials conducted their crash investigation and crews worked to clear the scene.

Wilson County Schools Director of Safety, David Burton, said school buses on the west side of the county could be delayed up to 1 or 2 hours because of the additional traffic moving through the area.

Investigators were working to determine why the truck was driving the wrong way on the off-ramp. Autopsies will be performed to determine if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.



November 12, 2010 Murwillumbah NSW

A driver was lucky to walk away after his car collided with a stationary fuel tank and sugar cane harvester at Eviron.

About 9.30pm Wednesday emergency workers were called to 300 Eviron Road by a farmer who heard a loud bang in front of his property.

Murwillumbah Fire Station captain Greg Hayes said it appeared the car left the road.

"It hit a refuelling tank and pushed it about 10 metres," Mr Hayes said.

"The car jumped a cane drain and landed in a cane paddock underneath a cane harvester.

"They were pretty lucky that the tanker rolled with them and they missed a stabilising pole.

"No one was with the vehicle when we arrived on scene."

Mr Hayes said the car also hit a 44-gallon drum. "We had to clean up 100 litres of oil.

"We got Hazmat down from Tweed Heads to assist us with the clean up."

Police, ambulance, Tweed District Rescue Squad and the Rural Fire Service also attended the incident. Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.



12 people hurt, I-25 north forced to shut down

November 16, 2010 Denver Colorado USA Cars in Colorado crash

A chain-reaction crash on Interstate 25 in Colorado, near Larkspur– about 40 miles south of Denver– has left dozens of cars damaged.

Officials say 34 vehicles were involved in this pile up, including four semis and an empty tanker.

12 people were hurt in the crash and were taken to the hospital. Fortunately, officials say no one was critically injured.

The accident has forced officials to shut down all northbound lanes on the freeway at exit 160 while they clean up the mess. Traffic is being diverted to Highway 83.

Officials say icy roads may have caused the massive pile up.



November 17, 2010 San Antonio Texas USA—

A fuel truck rolled over causing a major highway to be shut down for more than eight hours.  It happened just after midnight Wednesday on IH-10 near the Fair Oaks Parkway exit on the far northwest side. 


Officials say the diesel tanker flipped onto its side and landed in the median between the east and westbound lanes of traffic, spilling fuel onto the road.  It took crews most of the morning to clean the fuel off the road and transfer the diesel into another tanker. 

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, both directions of traffic were shut down until just after 6:00 a.m, when crews opened one eastbound lane.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.  No word on the condition of the driver.



November 17, 1010 Miami Florida USA

A mid-Wednesday chase between police and a robbery suspect northbound on Interstate 95 ended with a spectacular crash as the suspect slammed his SUV full speed into the rear of a gasoline tanker on a Hallandale Beach exit ramp.

Suspect being arrested after crashing into tanker

The suspect escaped out of his mangled and smoking Ford Expedition through the driver side window and collapsed on the pavement. He did not appear to be seriously injured, but was placed on a stretcher and arrested.

The tanker, exiting ahead of the SUV, seemed not to be seriously damaged.

The 30-minute chase, which began at around 10:15 a.m. at 4025 NW Fourth Terr. in Miami, rolled through neighborhoods and then traffic on I-95 as scores of police units from different agencies pursued the suspect in his dark-colored Ford Expedition.

Local television cameras captured and showed it live on the air.

Police cars chased the SUV through several jurisdictions. At one point, when the SUV was stopped at an intersection, officers got out of their cruisers and tried to get the man to stop. He pulled away. The suspect entered northbound I-95, driving through Miami-Dade County and into southern Broward.

When the SUV tried to exit the interstate at Hallandale Beach Boulevard, it rear-ended the tanker truck.

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November 17, 2010, Renfrew CANADA

A potential Highway 17 calamity was averted when two transport trucks collided early this morning on Philip Shrive Bridge, near Renfrew.

Highway 17 collision in Canada

Baljinder Gill of Winnipeg hit another truck that was hauling two tankers of fuel and waiting for a red light at the bridge. A construction project has been underway for months on the bridge.

Maurice Forget of Ottawa was driving a Grant Transport Ltd. truck out of New Liskeard, Ont. He told police he was parked when he saw Gill’s truck advancing from behind and apparently about to rear-end his vehicle.

Forget says he then proceeded through the red light to avoid being hit. Forget swerved away from the oncoming truck, but couldn’t avoid contact.

Gill is charged with careless driving and failing to maintain his log book. Gill was driving for Mitrux Services Ltd. of Abbotsford, B.C.

The OPP say there were minor injuries sustained, but the accident could have been much worse. A major collision could have resulted in a disastrous explosion, said Const. Janice Sawbridge of the Renfrew OPP detachment. The investigating officer is Const. Pierre Bourgois.

The highway is expected to remain closed most of this morning, with traffic diverted through Renfrew along Bruce Street and O’Brien Road.



November 23, 2010 Tri-Cities, Tennessee USA

A fiery crash closed seven miles of Interstate 81 Tuesday morning, but not before a dramatic rescue.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Carey Hixson said James Compton, 55 of Mississippi, caused the crash as he drove a tanker truck south near the Tri-Cities crossing exit.

"[Compton] was looking at some papers, had put them down, and when he looked up he saw the truck," Hixson said.  "He could not avoid it."

Compton rear-ended a bobtail (a big rig with no chassis) around 11:30 p.m.  He lost control of the tanker, ran over a cable median, and the tanker caught fire, Hixson said.

Hixson said Rawleston Babb, 40 of Georgia, pulled his bobtail over and pulled Compton to safety. 

"[Compton] could not get out of the truck.  [Babb] was able to get the door open and get [Compton] out of the vehicle before it became fully engulfed," Hixson said.

The flames were massive. The response was too. 

Tennessee Highway Patrol shut down all four lanes of I-81 from exit 50 to exit 57.  THP was concerned the tanker posed a chemical danger.

Babb told THP he did not want to be interviewed. Compton suffered minor injuries.  He was transported to a local hospital.

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