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October 2010 News



To be held at Yass NSW

Friday October 22nd 2010

The CROIERG Year 2010 Annual General Meeting will be held at Swaggers Motor Inn, Laidlaw Street Yass NSW on Friday October 22nd starting at 10.30AM

Members have been mailed copies of these forms and we would appreciate the attendance of as many members as possible at the AGM.


Peter Dwyer (CROIERG Chairman) will make a presentation on the history of CROIERG at the AFAC/NBTA Emergency Response Information Day to be held on Wednesday October 20th 2010 in Melbourne (Vic)

Peter will illustrate the growth of CROIERG from its formation in 1989 following the Brooks Creek (Federal Highway) incident

Rough track into Brooks Creek
Rough track into Brooks Creek

This event is jointly hosted by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) and the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA) and is supported and sponsored by a range of organisations, including CROIERG. involved in emergency response.

Tanker rollover at Brook’s Creek
Tanker rollover at Brook’s Creek

It follows on from a successful inaugural event at the Melbourne Tennis Centre in September 2009 at which the commitment was made to hold an annual event to share lessons and improve outcomes of incident involving bulk tankers.

  • Date 20th October Melbourne Tennis Centre
  • Who should attend?

Emergency responders (AFAC members, competent authorities, professional responders) as well as transport operators, product owners, oil companies, equipment manufacturers (many of whom are NBTA members), road operators and industry professionals including the insurance sector

For more details and bookings go to the link below to access the AFAC/NBTA Brochure


Here is a report on a large scale emergency exercise on the NSW Far South Coast in late September. There should be a lot more of these exercises held involving the emergency exercises and industry. Ed

September 24, 2010. BEGA NSW

There has been a crash involving a tourist coach carrying 36 passengers and a fully laden B-Double petrol tanker just south of Bega and emergency response teams have arrived at the scene.

Sounds serious and it is, but in this case it is a simulation aimed primarily at testing the capability and co-ordination skills of the control centre in dealing with such a potentially hazardous and extremely stressful situation, and the response by all emergency services within the Far South Coast to such a scenario.

"Operation High Impact" will take place in the local area on Sunday.

Bega Police Inspector Jason Edmunds said the lead agency, the Bega VRA, has put a great deal of preparation into this exercise.

Other local emergency service groups and authorities who will play a role in the hypothetical rescue include the NSW Police, NSW Ambulance Service, NSW Ambulance Air Retrieval, NSW Fire Brigade, NSW Rural Fire Service, South Care Helicopter Service, NSW Health (Bega Hospital) and the Salvation Army.

In a large-scale event, such as this, co-operation from all agencies will be paramount.

It is envisaged all agencies will be able to deliver tangible and achievable outcomes to this scenario whilst resourcing, communicating and interacting with all relevant services.

"This kind of exercise helps us to test our communication and interagency co-operation skills and hopefully is the type of scenario we will never have to confront," Inspector Edmunds said.

He praised the commitment and dedication of all those personnel required to respond to emergency service situations, especially those many members of volunteer organisations.

"The Police also thank Paul Pincini from Tathra Bus Service for making available a bus for the exercise," Inspector Edmunds said. Source


September 21, 2010 USA

Coast Guard resources

There are many bridges across the Lowcountry, and in the event that an oil tanker overturns and potentially spills thousands of gallons of oil into our waterways, the Coast Guard is training and ready to make sure they can respond quickly.

When lives and livelihoods rely on the quickness of a clean up after an oil spill, speed is key for Coast Guard responders.

"The longer that it is in the water; the harder it is to clean up. The quicker you can get there and clear it up, the less impacts that you are going to have," Lt.j.g. Matthew Kahley with Coast Guard Sector Charleston said.

The coast guard wants to make sure they're not only ready, but ready fast in case of a spill.  That's why some 30 coast guard members took part in an oil spill simulation on the Stono River.

"A scenario that we have is that a big tank truck flipped, put about 6,000 gallons into the water and that's why we are out here today," Kahley explained.

The Coast Guard getting some hands on practice, using equipment like boom, a floating fence used to corral and direct oil sheens.

"Orange boom is good for areas that have less of a current and the 24-inch, yellow boom is very good for rivers because it has a longer skirt to prevent any oil from going under it, which is called entrainment," Petty Officer Jeanette Bouch said.

Lessons learned from the gulf oil spill, perhaps the simplest is the most important.

"The biggest thing to take away from Deep Water Horizon is to train. The more you train the easier the job is. You can never train too much," Kahley said.

The Coast Guard in Sector Charleston says they will hold their next oil response practice sometime next spring. Source



Really unbelievable? But this is a nasty fact of life these days. Ed

Sunday, 26 Sep 2010 NSW

Police have arrested two men after they allegedly threw lemons at a petrol tanker smashing its windscreen last night.

About 10:50pm, a 58-year-old man was driving a fully laden petrol tanker in a northerly direction on the New England Highway at Singleton when the incident occurred.

It will be alleged a group of men, who were hiding in bushes on the side of the highway, threw a number of lemons at the cabin of the truck.
The lemons struck the windscreen and shattered the glass causing the driver to brake heavily and the tanker to skid for approximately 40 metres before coming to a stop.

Police were contacted by the driver and while officers were patrolling the area they allegedly located three men hiding under bushes.

On sighting the police the trio ran from the scene and were pursued on foot into Singleton where police were able to arrest two 18-year-old men.

The men were taken to Singleton Police Station where they were charged with throw thing onto road or into/onto vehicle and destroy or damage property.

They were granted bail to appear in Singleton Local Court on Thursday 14 October.

Police are continuing their investigations to locate the third male believed to be involved in the incident. Source


September 1, 2010 Bandar Seri Begawan – Tanker in Brunei incident

Three Bruneian women, including a teenager, died in a horrific road accident Sunday near Lawas in the neighbouring Malaysian state of Sarawak while on their way back to Brunei.

Their four-wheel drive vehicle was involved in a collision with an oil tanker 14 kilometres before the Lawas Immigration Post.

Two other women in the vehicle survived the accident, but are in a critical condition at RIPAS Hospital. The bodies of the three women were transported to Brunei by the Lawas Hospital authority and handed over to the Brunei party at the Kuala Lurah Control Post.

All five local Chinese women, members of a Christian Association here, had gone to Lawas to attend a religious gathering there and were on their way back to Brunei when the car, according to eyewitnesses, hit an oil tanker.

Grace Tay, Jacqualine Wong, both in their 60s, and the 16-year-old died in the accident.

According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the tanker fled from the accident scene, but left his identity card in the tanker that led to him being detained. He has been sent for blood tests, according to news reports.

The oil tanker was heading from Sipitang in Sabah to Lawas when the accident occurred

Other vehicle in Brunei incidentA source said, Jacqualine Wong was the General Manager of JJ Tours Travel. She was also the manager of Outbound Travel Department of JJ Tours. She had been working in the travel industry for over 20 years.

The car was said to have been driven by Jacqualine Wong. One of the close friends of the deceased said they received news of the accident but did not know about the fatalities.

According to news reports, the accident occurred at 1.40pm Sunday at Km 14 of the Lawas-Merapok stretch.

Lawas police have advised road users to drive with extra caution, especially along the accident-prone stretch of KM12-17 Lawas-Meraopk Road and KM2-3 Trusan Road.

Brunei police, when contacted yesterday, said they have not yet received any report or details of the incident.-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin (


September 24, 2010 Afghanistan

Militants have blown up four oil tankers and three containers carrying fuel and other supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing two people.

The incidents took place in the Khyber tribal region near the Afghan border, top local administration official Shafeerullah Khan said.

"A bomb planted underneath an oil tanker exploded while it was on the move in a market in Landi Kotal town of Khyber turning the vehicle into a ball of flame, which also engulfed four nearby vehicles and killed two people," Mr Khan said.

He blamed the attacks, which also wounded 11 people, on local militants.

The lawless Khyber is on the main NATO supply route through Pakistan into Afghanistan, where 150,000 foreign forces are battling to reverse an escalating Taliban insurgency.

Mr Khan said militants also blew up three oil tankers and four containers carrying fuel and other supplies for NATO troops.

"These vehicles were parked in Torkhum town at the time of attack", he said.

Local intelligence officials in Khyber also confirmed the attacks and casualties.



We often gets requests for information on spill clean ups and equipment available for static storages (I.e. Depots. Storage facilities)

Here is a photograph of a mobile clean-up unit from the mid 90’s

Spill clean up trolley
Spill clean up trolley


The News Report below is well worth a read! Talk about room for thought? Ed

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A country where her only source of income is petroleum products and the deadly mode of transportation of the products has made her citizens so vulnerable in the hands of petrol tankers.

The trucks supposed to bring products of wealth have over time become arguably the nation’s most potent killer. There seem to be no way out of the ever-expanding sphere of death for Nigerians. It might baffle you to find that petrol tanker fires kill, from recorded and reported incidents an equivalent of three everyday or 90 lives in a month which translates to 1080 lives a year. The record 90 deaths from these deadly mobile fires in August have made tanker fire incidents a worse than earlier imagined.

From the calamity that has taken place in the last one month on our roads across the nation, at least the reported ones, the presence of fuel tanker puts fears in road users. This has shown the level human lives have been reduced to and how vulnerable we are to man-made disaster.

In the last one month truck and petrol tanker accidents have claimed the lives of over 90 persons starting with the holocaust of Sunday, August 16, where over 40 persons were burnt to death in a multiple road accident at the Otedola Millennium Estate, near Berger Bus stop on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The accident occurred about 10.30 am, when a truck lost control and rammed into vehicles that were flagged down by the police who mounted a checkpoint on the expressway checking vehicles particulars and extorting money from motorists.
Apart from the human lives, over 20 vehicles were razed. Barely two weeks when the victims of the Berger accident were still counting their losses and the Nigeria Police high command was tinkering with the idea of setting up a panel to determine the culpability or otherwise of the police in the carnage another fuel tanker accident happened.

This time, over six persons lost their lives, four tankers and 13 other vehicles were burnt at the Ibafo end of the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State. The accident occurred when a Kia Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) collided with another car. While sympathizers were making frantic efforts to rescue a trapped victim, a truck loaded with fuel hit one of the vehicles from the back resulting in fire outbreak involving three other fuel tankers parked by the left side of the road.

About 13 other vehicles that were coming from the Lagos end of the road were caught up in the inferno. On September 6, there was another fuel truck fire at Adodo Junction, Mowo Bus stop, Badagry, Lagos, where over 10 persons lost their lives in the fire that destroyed over 20 vehicles. The fire started when the truck that had brake failure lost control before ramming into some stationary vehicles parked at a mechanic village on Mile Two –Badagry Expressway. Two days after, another fuel tanker fire burnt over seven persons, including a mother with her child in a multiple auto crash along Abuja – Keffi Road. The accident, which occurred near Nyanya Bridge at 6.30 pm, had over 10 vehicles crushed by the fuel tanker. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Funbi Olawoyin, blamed the inferno on reckless driving by the tanker driver and the failure of the brake system.

July 26, was another day of sorrow when at noon, more than 10 persons died when a truck fully loaded with fuel fell on its side and caught fire at Madalla Market, Suleja, Niger State, on the busy Kaduna – Abuja Expressway. Scores of people sustained varying degrees of burn and vehicles trapped in the fire were consumed. The vehicle that had brake failure lost control and rammed into a vehicle before falling on its side bursting into fire, which quickly spread to other vehicles and stalls in the market.

Gombe State tasted the fury of fuel tank fire on July 2 where more than 15 persons were burnt and several others seriously injured by the explosion of a fuel tanker. The accident occurred when the driver of the 33,000 litres of fuel lost control and went off the road and spilled fuel causing fire that razed over 40 houses.

Mid last month, a truck load of fuel ran into bystanders at the busy Abakpa Nike area of Enugu State killing over seven persons and damaging over 20 motor bikes and cars. The accident was caused by men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) over disagreement with the truck driver. A heated argument forced one of the civil defence men to jump into the truck to drive the vehicle to their station and in the process the driver lost control knocking down kiosks near the road and killing people before it fell and trapped some people. Sometime in June, tanker fire killed over a dozen people and razed over 15 vehicles at a police checkpoint in Oba area, the outskirts of Onitsha in Anambra State. The accident happened when a truck-load of fuel lost control and rammed into vehicles at police check-point.

As if that was not enough, early in the week another fuel tanker burst into flames around Mile 2 on the Oshodi –Apapa Expressway, Lagos. No life was lost but it caused unbearable hardship to road users.

Across the country especially, the busy expressways have been converted to parking bays for trucks. The accident early this month at Ibafo should be tonic for the Ogun State government to wield the big stick and put a stop to the insanity at Ibafo where the expressway is now trailer park. It is the same at the old toll gate in Shagamu. The same situation replicates itself after Okitipupa before Ore in Ondo State. Along the Benin Bye pass, a new place of insanity has sprung up. Trucks have taken over one lane on both sides of the two-lane expressway. Accidents are common features there. Edo State government needs to do much if lives should be saved and sanity restored to that spot.

Umunede in Delta State is another sore point on the on the nation’s highways. Trucks have taken two lanes on each side of the three-lane road.

Lokpanta in Abia State on the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway has been converted by truck drivers to parking space along the road, likewise in Osisioma, Aba in Abia State, Mgbidi in Imo State, Ubollo-Afor in Enugu and Lokoja, Kogi State on the deadly narrow expressway to Abuja. Source


September 9, 2010 York County, Pennsylvania USA

Tanker that was wedged under overpassYork County Control said Route 214 - between Route 616 to the north and Church Road to the south - reopened about 8:30 p.m.

A tanker truck crashed into the Heritage Rail Trail County Park overpass in Seven Valleys Thursday morning, becoming wedged underneath and closing a section of Main Street for most of the day and into the night.

York County 911 reported the crash at 7:39 a.m. Fire police closed the road -- Route 214 -- between Route 616 to the north and Church Road to the south.

Although the truck was pulled from the overpass by lunchtime, it remained along Main Street throughout the day, closing the road.

The overpass has an 11-foot, one-inch clearance.

The crash tore a gash in the top of the tanker, ripping back the metal like a can opener. The tanker belonged to Ono, Pa., transportation company J.P. Donmoyer Inc.

Juanita Dinsmore was working at the Seven Valleys Tavern early Thursday morning when she heard the crash outside the bar.

"When he hit it -- I almost went over the bar, he hit it so hard," she said. Dinsmore, 53, who said she has lived in the borough most of her life, said its common for vehicles to strike the top of the bridge. The tanker also crumpled the lower lip of the overpass, which bore the scars of previous encounters.

Joyce Houser, head of safety for J.P. Donmoyer, declined comment about the incident. It was not known if anyone was injured; Pennsylvania State Police did not release information about what happened.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Greg Penny said that C.S. Davidson, York County's structural consultant, had examined the bridge and determined it was structurally sound.

Dinsmore said everyone who has hit the bridge has said their GPS systems either did not show it or listed an incorrect height.

Other vehicles of some height will see it, and, unsure if they will make it, "They'll crawl up, and it's like, 'Can I make it, can I make it?'" she said.

Dinsmore said she expects even more traffic and confusion in the borough once the nearby bridge over the Codorus Creek -- to the north of the rail trail overpass -- is closed by PennDOT for a replacement project next year -- a plan prompting complaints from some businesses and residents.

Bill Christian, 51, who lives in Jackson Township but grew up in Seven Valleys, suggested that York
County raise the rail trail overpass a bit, but said a more economical move might be to install bigger signs with flashing lights. "They'd have to see it then," he said.

Borough resident Carl Miller, 43, who lives close to the overpass, said he was in bed when the crash occurred. Lots of vehicles have hit it over the years, he said, including campers, dump trucks, even trailers bearing equipment.

As for raising the bridge, Miller said the lower height acts as a deterrent for truck drivers who know about it." That would be a bad idea, because then you'd have more trucks flying through town.," he said.


Loop 410 tanker rollover Another view of Loop 410 tankerSeptember 10, 2010 San Antonio Texas USA—

A rollover accident on the Southwest Side caused a small fuel spill Friday afternoon.

The accident happened around 12:00 p.m. on the turnaround from the southbound access road to the northbound access road of Loop 410 at Medina Base Road.

Officers at the scene told News 4 WOAI the tanker's load shifted, which caused the tanker to roll onto its side. The driver of the truck was not injured.

A small amount of gasoline leaked from the truck's gas tank after the accident. Crews also had to drain more than 7,000 gallons of gasoline from the tanker before putting it up right.



September 1, 2010 Abaji. Nigeria

Fourteen bus passengers lost their lives, while two others sustained serious injuries in a fatal motor accident that occurred at Kuru village, near Abaji on Sunday morning.

A witness, Yakubu Ismaila, said the accident happened when an 18- seat Toyota commercial bus with registration number XH 250 JJN overtook another vehicle at a sharp bend and collided with a petrol tanker, killing 14 passengers in the bus instantly.

  • Insert photograph "Fire rages in Nigeria crash"

"The bus driver and 13 of his passengers died on the spot and officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) evacuated the corpses to the mortuary," the witness said. Confirming the incident yesterday, Abaji FRSC unit Commander, Mr. Joseph Ezeh, put the time of the accident at about 10 am and said 14 passengers died instantly, while two other victims sustained various degrees of injuries.

According to him, the corpses were at University of Abuja Teaching Hospital's Morgue at Gwagwalada, while the injured were taken to Abaji General Hospital. He disclosed that all the victims' belongings, including undisclosed sums of money were recorded and taken to the police division at Toto for safe keeping.

The commander however blamed the accident on the bus driver, who he accused of overtaking at a sharp bend, while on speed. In a related development, two persons were burnt to death, while five others sustained serious injuries on Sunday evening in another ghastly motor accident that occurred at Gumbo junction, along Kwali-Lokoja road.

A witness said the accident occurred when a Honda Accord car with registration number CH 982 ABJ collided with a Volkswagen Gulf car, which went up in flames and burnt the two occupants to death. "The Gulf car somersaulted into the bush after the Honda car hit it and caught fire instantly," he said.

Yangoji FRSC Commander, Abdhullahi Umar, said the Honda driver overtook wrongly. The burnt corpses are at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital's Morgue, Gwagwalada. He said the five injured victims were taken to Kwali General Hospital. Source


Tanker and two semis crashSeptember 22, 2010 Kent, Washington State USA. –

A crash involving two large semi trucks forced crews to shut down the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 for nearly 12 hours, snarling the Wednesday morning commute.
The crash happened about 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday just south of State Route 516 and the southbound lanes were not re-opened until about 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

Witnesses said a large class-C tow truck taking away a flatbed trailer from a disabled semi-truck pulled right out in front of a double tanker truck, causing the tanker to crash and roll over.
A large amount of diesel fuel spilled from one tank on the overturned truck, and about 10,000 gallons of gasoline had to be removed from the other tank.



Because the tanker was on its side, crews had to drill holes in the tank to get at the fuel before pulling the tanker upright.

Southbound traffic was detoured over Highway 167 through the night and morning. While northbound traffic was not blocked, drivers slowed down near the scene, backing up traffic for more than nine miles at one point.
The drivers of the semi trucks were not injured.

Loading rear tanker in Kent
Loading rear tanker in Kent
"It's pretty amazing that no one was hurt," said Kent Deputy Fire Marshall Don Barberie.

John Halberg was driving another tow truck and was there to take away the disabled semi tractor when the crash happened. "I was reaching for my door handle when he got hit," Halberg said of the tanker that was cut off.

He said he got out of his truck and "ran like hell" when the fuel tanker flipped. "It was a very dangerous situation," he said.

Haz-Mat crews from Kent, Auburn, Federal Way, SeaTac, Sea-Tac airport, Tukwila and Renton were helping clear the wrecked vehicles and manage the fuel transfer and cleanup.



September 5, 2010 Lagos NIGERIA–

More than a dozen vehicles including three fuel tankers and two mini-buses caught fire on Sunday in a pile-up on a Nigerian highway, the site of a deadly multi-car crash three weeks ago, an AFP photographer reported.

Police confirmed the crash saying it involved 12 cars, among them one tanker laden with petrol.

"It (the tanker) lost control at Kara, caught fire and affected other vehicles," Olumuyiwa Adejobi, police spokesperson for the Ogun state, which neighbours Lagos, told AFP

Wrecks of 13 vehicles
Wrecks of 13 vehicles

Firefighters were battling to contain the inferno which engulfed the dozen vehicles in which an unknown number of people were trapped.

"They are still trying to quench the fire as we speak and there is no movement on the road," he said. No death toll was immediately available.

The accident took place along the Lagos-Ibadan highway, where an accident involving 20 cars claimed 18 lives on August 15.

Highways in and around Lagos, which rivals Cairo as Africa's biggest city with a population of approximately 15 million, are usually jammed and chaotic.

The road where the accident occurred is often busy on Sundays due to a large number of evangelical mega-churches in the area.

More than 17,000 people died in about 31,000 road accidents across Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, between 2007 and 2009, according to the state-run road safety agency



September 13, 2010 ISTANBUL Turkey

The number of fatalities in Sunday’s car crash in Istanbul’s industrial 0kitelli district rose to 13 on Monday.

Scene of accident in Turkey (Istanbul)

Eight people had been killed after a tanker and a passenger van collided in 0kitelli Sunday. The death toll rose to 13 from eight Monday after five of those wounded in the crash succumbed to their injuries.

Families of the victims waiting in front of the Forensic Medicine Institute in Istanbul to collect the bodies of their loved ones complained of disinterested officials in the wake of the crash, as some were not able to find their relatives involved in the accident.

F1rat ^ahbudak, 14, was first believed to have been killed in the accident, but after his body could not be found in the morgue, he was declared to be alive. After a long search, ^ahbudak’s family located their son in a hospital undergoing treatment.

"Since [Sunday] there has been no official here. The prime minister, officials, everyone is at the basketball game but no one is here. We have two bodies here. And our son was missing. We could not even take our relatives’ bodies. We’re doing on our own the things that the state should be doing. We found F1rat in treatment in a hospital this afternoon [Monday],” said Sami Kasey, a relative of ^ahbudak.

Video footage of the accident showed a passenger van running a red light right before being hit by the tanker. The tanker skidded out of its lane, presumably due to the slippery road, when the van ran the red light.

The accident happened around 4:45 p.m. Sunday on one of the side roads parallel to the TEM highway.

Thirteen passengers in the van were killed and 13 others were injured.

Four of the people who were injured in the accident remain in critical condition, including the van driver, who was taken to Cerrahpa_a Medical School Hospital.



September 9, 2010 Parsippany New Jersey USA

Tanker in trees in New Jersey
Tanker in trees in New Jersey
Restoring the power

An accident between a tanker truck and a pick-up truck on Old Dover Road knocked out telephone service in the area, including to some county social service offices and full service wasn't expected to return until Friday evening, officials said.

Complete details on the accident, including the identities of the drivers and their conditions, were not available Thursday night but Parsippany Police Officer Earl Kinsey said the accident caused communication service outages affecting county social service offices on West Hanover Avenue.

Joe Garifo, a Morris County information officer, confirmed that there were significant" communication problems at the Office of Temporary Assistance and Morris View Healthcare Center. He said there were also "partial" phone service outages at the Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans.



Phnom Penh tanker fire

September 21, 2010 Phnom Penh CAMBODIA

A tanker truck carrying 8,000 litres of petrol exploded shortly after noon in Phnom Penh's 7 Makara district, touching off a blaze that gutted at least five wooden homes and five vehicles, but left no fatalities, police officials said.


One firefighter was injured when he was knocked down by a water hose as authorities battled the blaze, which took 20 fire engines more than an hour to extinguish.

The blast, on Tep Phorn Street, near Preah Puth pagoda, was caused by petrol spilling into the truck's exhaust pipe, Phnom Penh police Chief Touch Naruth said.

"The fires occurred because the gas tanker exploded, setting fire to houses on both sides of the road," he said. ..

Source and our Vietnam correspondent

Fire crews and people feeling in Phnom Penh
Fire crews and people feeling in Phnom Penh


September 1, 2010 Khandala India

A major oil spill on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway caused by a speeding oil tanker running into the road divider yesterday morning forced authorities to close down two lanes, resulting in a bottleneck at the spot.

The spill occurred at Amrutanjan Point in Khandala, a spot in the ghat section of the high-speed highway that has been identified as a dangerous one by the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI). The accident took place around 11.30 am. Officers from the Borghat police station left for the spot as soon as they received a distress call.

There were two people in the tanker, including the driver, but nobody was injured, said the police.

MiD DAY had reported about the dangerous spots identified by the CRRI in its report. Officials of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, which is in-charge of carrying out repair works, had said at the time that lack of funds meant repairing these spots would take two years.

Officials at the Borghat police station said the driver of the oil tanker said he lost control over the vehicle because its brakes failed. They said the tanker was already going fast and could not be controlled because of the steep slope near Amrutanjan Point.
"The oil pipe of the tanker broke, after which the entire stretch got slippery because of the spillage. So as a safety measure, we had to close down traffic on two lanes of the Expressway," said Police Constable Jadhav.

"It took half-an-hour to clean up the stretch and then we opened up one lane for traffic. It took another 30 minutes to get traffic back to normal."



September 5, 2010 Taft, California USA

At least six people, including two children, were injured in a three-vehicle hit-and-run crash north of Taft late Saturday.

Taft California tanker, vehicle incident

California Highway Patrol officers said a Subaru Forester sports utility vehicle rear ended a Saturn sedan stopped at Highway 119 and Midway Road, knocking it into a compressed gas tanker.


The officers said the sedan was stopped at the intersection just after 11 p.m. while the tanker made a left turn and the SUV, travelling north, failed to stop and struck it, knocking the sedan and its  four passengers into the tanker.

Firefighters said there were four people in the Saturn, including two adults and two children. A child about 2 years old was the most seriously injured and was flown from the scene by a helicopter. The other three passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries, CHP officers said.
. Footnote: - The two children later died in hospital Ed

Tanker in Taft incident

Two people in the Subaru were injured and remained at the scene. There injures were also described as minor to moderate.

The driver of the Subaru fled on foot.
Taft Police and Kern County Sheriff's deputies searched the area with the help of the Sheriff's helicopter but were unable to locate him. Officers were still searching for the suspect in a large area north of Taft after daybreak.

The suspect driver is described as a Hispanic male in his early 30s possibly suffering from upper body injuries. The names and hometowns of the victims were not immediately released.

The crash closed Highway 119 for more than two hours.  It was finally reopened about 1:30 a.m. Source


This will be of interest to member companies? Ed

September 20, 2010 NIGERIA

The Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has imposed N100, 000 fine on any driver found driving tankers at night.

The Executive Secretary of NARTO, Emmanuel Gowon, told the News Agency of Nigeria, in Lagos, on Saturday, that the fine would be paid by the guilty driver to the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD). "Driving at night attracts N100, 000 as fine," he said.

Mr Gowon said that a written code was brought up by PTD members to NARTO, that no tanker should be seen driven after 6.00 pm. According to him, the policy came up about a month ago nationwide as it was observed that most accidents involving tankers usually happened at night and on roads with potholes.

"A driver may not identify all the numerous potholes on the roads at night," he said. "No owner likes accidents to happen.

We advise drivers to stop driving at night. A tanker owner loses N30 million as the cost of a tanker with all its accessories and components, and over N2 million as cost of 33,000 litres of petroleum products.

No owner would want to lose close to N33 million in just a few minutes due to avoidable circumstances."



September 2, 2010. Karachi Pakistan:

An oil tanker overturned on the Karachi Superhighway killing one person.

The oil tanker was making its way to Karachi when a car came and turned out in front of it. In a bid to save the car the oil tanker went out of control and flipped over.

The tanker was 50-60 kilometers outside of Karachi.

The oil tanker had a capacity of 55-thousand litres of oil and all of it spilled onto the road after the tanker overturned, igniting a fire.

Two other cars involved in the crash caught fire and a cleaner in the other car was burnt alive.

The vehicles and the petrol burnt for two hours before any fire brigade vehicles could reach the spot.


September 12, 2010 Houston Texas USA—

The driver of an 18-wheeler took a curve too fast and overturned in north east Houston overnight. The tanker truck then caught fire

Houston tanker fire
Houston tanker fire

The wreck happened around 12:15am on the Eastex Freeway exit ramp to the North Loop. The driver got out of the 18-wheeler in time and called 911. When officers got to the scene, the 18-wheeler was engulfed in flames.

The vehicle, which belongs to Coastal Tankers, was carrying gasoline. The driver of the tanker wasn't hurt, and no other vehicles were involved.

Houston tanker fire
Fire engines at Houston tanker fire

The crash shut down the Eastex Freeway and 610 in both directions for several hours. All main lanes are re-opened, but the TxDOT officials are keeping the Highway 59 northbound ramp to the North Loop westbound closed until extensive repairs can be made.

"Our maintenance contractor will have to remove the top overlay of concrete to expose the first level of steel and then re-pour the concrete for almost the entire span," said Raquelle Lewis, TxDOT spokesperson. "We are making a significant effort to get the ramp re-opened by the end of this week.

Our contractor is mobilizing and we are securing materials as we speak. Work will progress in an expeditious manner and with good weather we should finish this week."


Another view of Houston fire
Another view of Houston fire


September 2, 2010 Cornwall UK

Janis Cusworth and Carol Jiggins died from "horrific" multiple fractures

The cause of a petrol tanker crash in Cornwall which killed two sisters will remain "a mystery", a coroner has ruled.

Janis Cusworth, 61, and Carol Jiggins, 60, from Newquay, died in the head-on crash near Hayle in February.

The Rover car they were in veered across the A30 into the tanker's path.

Investigators said no vehicle defects were found and both women were in good health. Deputy Coroner Barrie Van den Berg ruled the deaths were accidental.

Ms Jiggins had been driving the car they were both in, travelling westbound towards the Loggans Moor Roundabout on 24 February when the crash happened.

The inquest in Truro heard the women died from "horrific" multiple fractures as a result of the crash.

Police told the inquest that nothing had been found to suggest the car was defective in any way that would have caused it to cross the carriageway in the way it did.

The inquest also heard that the tachograph from the tanker showed that it had been travelling at 46mph, 6mph faster than the speed limit, but not fast enough to have made the accident "any more survivable".

Mr Van den Berg ruled verdicts of accidental death saying the accident was wholly because of the actions of the car driver, but that the reason for it crossing the road in the way it did was "a mystery." Source


Many were severely injured when a gas tanker caught fire after colliding with a car in Karunagapally near Kollam (India).


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September 12, 2010 Blackfalds Canada

Officials have decided to siphon off the remaining amount of liquid propane spilling into an area north of Red Deer after a five-car derailment triggered a leak earlier this weekend.

The incident started around 8:45 a.m. Saturday in a wooded region two kilometres east of the town of Blackfalds.

CN tells CTV it expects the line to reopen by 1 p.m. Sunday.

Railway officials say they consulted with experts about the best way to stop the leak. The choice to funnel the remaining propane into two tanker trucks came after attempts to patch the breech proved unsuccessful.

Red Deer train derailment

"We made a decision late [Saturday] night in consultation with Transport Canada and specialists to set the car upright and transfer the propane from the car to trucks rather than to burn off the propane," said spokesperson Kelli Svendsen.

"We had some experts that came in and took a look at it and we concluded that transferring it [Sunday] morning was a more effective way to empty the car. It wasn't a safety issue."

As a precautionary measure a few families living within a one-mile radius of the crash were evacuated on a voluntary basis after the derailment. They are temporarily being housed at the Lacombe County office and are expected to return home by the afternoon.

"We would assume that once the transfer is complete, we reassess the situation and we speak to them that they'll make their decision to return to their homes," said Svendsen.

Hwy. 597 and County roads in the area continue to remain open to local traffic only.

CN says the derailment of the eastbound train, which was en route to the hamlet of Joffre, did not significantly affect operations because it happened on a secondary branch line.

No one was seriously injured in the incident and the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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