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

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October 2011


The CROIERG Annual General Meting was held at Yass NSW on Tuesday September 13th, 2011

The AGM Minutes, and other AGM Reports, are available to members in the Member's Area of this website in the CROIERG Business section

We had two excellent presentations at the meeting and we are very appreciative of the speakers making their time available to enable our members at the meeting to gain valuable knowledge

1. Superintendent Kim Reeson. Manager Safety. Fire & Rescue NSW. Risk Management. The Fire Brigade and Road Tanker Incidents.

Supt Kim Reeson FRNSW

Supt Kim Reeson FRNSW

1. Rod Harwood. Managing Director Environmental Strategies Pty Ltd. Handling oil spills from an environmental aspect.

Rod Harwood at the AGM

Rod Harwood at the AGM

There was also a presentation by the CROIERG Secretary on:

"Canadian Oil Industry Emergency Response for Land Based Spills"


The next training courses, to be held at the TISC (Canberra) Training Complex are scheduled for:

Stage 1. Transport Emergency Response Plan

It teaches attendees how to write or improve upon your company's TERP. A TERP is a requirement under the Dangerous Goods Code. Companies engaged in the handling of dangerous goods must have a properly documented TERP. Course cost $1,500 + GST if applicable

Course dates:
  • 17 - 19 October 2011
  • 23 - 25 November 2011
  • 12 - 14 December 2011
Stage 2: Emergency Responder Training

It trains personnel on how to assist emergency services incident controllers at the scene of a bulk tanker accident for all classes of dangerous goods. Companies are required under the dangerous goods code to have a TERP, and arrangements in place to allow them to respond to dangerous goods emergencies. Course cost $2,000 + GST if applicable

Course dates
  • 24 - 26 October 2011 (Note: This course is fully booked)
  • 30 Nov - 2 December 2011



A large crowd in attendance at the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA) . Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Road Tanker Emergency Response Day in Melbourne on September 8th. The event was held as part of Safety Week.

Lots of CROIERG members in the crowd and certainly the overall attendance an increase on last year, which is a good sign

The new brochures on the CROIERG - NBTA Training Courses, designed by NBTA's Rob Perkins were distributed on the day.

CROIERG member company Guest Speakers included Gary Davoren of TransPacific Industries, Paul Harrison of Transport Industries Skills Centre. Anthony Pospisil of ISS 1st Response and Grant Stillman & Mark Williams of OAMPS Insurance Brokers.

Grant Stillman (OAMPS) emphasised in his first class presentation on Insurance Risks the difficulties experienced in obtaining reliable statistics on the numbers and (in particular) the types of dangerous goods vehicles in use on Australian roads. The various state jurisdictions and different methodologies used in collating relevant information contributed to this and there was certainly room for improvement.

Reliable and accurate data was required for actuarial purposes in the insurance industry.

Hopefully concerns raised at the Emergency Response Day will see a new approach to dangerous goods vehicles data collection


As mentioned at the September 8thMelbourne conference there has been a lot of research done (by people in Australia) on the approach taken by our industry friends in Canada on their implementation of a new, effective approach to oil industry emergency response in relation to land based spillages

Canada has a first class marine (Sea) emergency response to oil spills. They have the longest coast line in the world. {Believe it or not?} Australia, by the way, comes in at No.7

You can verify this here.

Canada used a mutual aid system for land based spills, which was found to be in lacking is certain areas

  • It didn't provide a consistent coverage across Canada and there was unwarranted duplication of equipment and resources
  • They explored various alternative options
  • They identified gaps and went about closing them

With an effective marine system in place they then applied this model to the land scenario and after 10 years of operation it is proving very successful.

Canada Rail Car Fire and Snow

Canada Rail Car on Fire and Snow

We have received fantastic co-operation from our Canadian industry colleagues in researching this specialised area over the years and are now looking at taking the next steps to evaluate the Canadian system in the Australian context.

Lots and lots (and lots) of work still to be done, approaches to various organisations & people to be undertaken and presentations to be made on the detail involved.

Work has started and members will be kept informed.

Members wanting more information on this subject can contact the CROIERG Secretary Brian O'Connor PO Box 362YASS NSW 2582

Phone (02) 6226 1752 Mobile 0428 627 777



A lesson on bund drain valves

Here is the story (again) of the dangers of leaving bund drain valves open. It's a NO-NO!

In Aussie land the Lithgow and Wagga Wagga scenarios some years ago showed just how costly this simple mistake can be. Ed

September 8, 2011 PA USA

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection fined a bus company used by the Council Rock School District and its parent company $121,520 for a November 2010 fuel spill into the Newtown Creek, the department announced Wednesday.

The penalty is assessed against Cincinnati, Ohio-based First Student Inc., with a lot on South State Street in Newtown, and its parent company, FirstGroup America Inc.

"This incident at First Student required the emergency response of five government agencies and disrupted a water utility's operations for six days," said Joseph A. Feola, DEP's southeast regional director. "With proper operation and maintenance of its above-ground storage tank, the company could have prevented this incident."

A First Student employee on Nov. 8, 2010, opened a valve to drain rainwater from a containment tank that housed a 10,000-gallon leaking fuel tank, the DEP said. That valve was open overnight. As a result, a mixture of water and diesel fuel ran from the terminal into the Newtown Creek and, eventually, the Neshaminy Creek, upstream from a public water system operated by Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. Thousands of gallons of fuel contaminated the waterways, the DEP has said.

First Student used absorbent booms, vacuuming and the excavation of contaminated soil and gravel, but the water company had to shut down its Neshaminy water treatment plant intake on Nov. 9. "This required the utility to maintain a drinking water supply for more than 100,000 people through interconnection, increased production and the purchase of additional water," the DEP said in a news release.

After the spill, the company removed the tank and hired Lewis Environmental of Royersford and Strata Environmental of Tennessee to conduct the cleanup.

Read more.


September 1, 2010 Durango, Colorado USA

The jagged San Juan Mountains that the Animas River slices through are staggeringly beautiful and a major draw for tourists. But for first-responders to a hazardous materials spill, they represent a major hurdle.

Durango team members with booms

Durango team members with booms

Large containment boom

Large containment boom

Durango Fire & Rescue Authority Hazardous Materials Team Leader Mark Quick recently maneuvered dark, twisting mountain roads to drive a hook-and-ladder truck through wildly whipping wind to a training exercise in Silverton. Quick heads the Durango fire district's Hazardous Materials Team, which must be prepared to respond to a gas-well mishap as readily as to a truck full of hazardous materials driving off a cliff.

"One of my worst nightmares is a gasoline or propane truck - or a truck loaded with barrels full of solvents that give off toxic fumes - will plunge off a cliff on the Million Dollar Highway that runs from Silverton to Ouray," Quick said.

He has photos of the road after it was opened in the late 1800s and now.

"They look exactly the same except for the asphalt. The Discovery Channel named it one of the World's 10 Most Dangerous Highways," he said.

Read more.


September 9, 2011 USA

This month marks the 40th year of operations for CHEMTREC, the worlds foremost emergency call center that provides immediate critical response information during emergency incidents involving chemicals, hazardous materials and dangerous goods. CHEMTREC is the emergency contact of choice for many tank truck carriers that handle hazardous materials.

A service of the American Chemistry Council, CHEMTREC is a round-the-clock public service hotline available to fire fighters, law enforcement officials and other personnel who are the first responders in emergency situations. With links to the largest on-call network of chemical and hazardous material experts in the world, including chemical and response specialists, public emergency services, and private contractors, and more than 4 million accessible Materials Safety Data Sheets, CHEMTREC provides crucial assistance during incidents ranging from minor to critical.

When faced with an incident involving hazardous materials or dangerous goods, emergency responders need access to reliable information and assistance immediately, says Randy Speight, managing director of CHEMTREC. Every day of the year for the past 40 years, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, CHEMTREC has been providing immediate assistance to emergency responders to ensure they can properly address any hazardous situation that they are facing.

Over the past 40 years, CHEMTREC has grown and enhanced the services it provides beyond emergency incident response. Today, CHEMTREC also has the capability to assist companies in their disaster recovery efforts and serve as a company's crisis communications service, providing crucial information to company personnel and mass emergency broadcast services during a crisis. CHEMTREC Operations Center staff also can provide technical services to participating companies regarding company product use information.

CHEMTREC's reach also has expanded internationally in the past decade. In response to demand from the numerous chemical manufacturers that operate around the globe, today, CHEMTREC takes calls from anywhere in the world and provides translation in 180 languages to assist callers during an emergency. By building relationships with international manufacturers, shippers and emergency response organizations, as well as offering expanded services for customers who ship globally, CHEMTREC is able to meet the needs of an expanding global economy.

CHEMTREC also is a sponsor of TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response), a voluntary outreach effort in the United States that helps communities prepare for and respond to possible hazardous material transportation incidents.



September 23, 2011 Sydney NSW

A road tanker that caught fire on the Hume Highway has caused traffic chaos in Sydney's south-west.

The 30,000-litre truck loaded with bitumen hit a safety barrier and burst into flames near the Narellan Road intersection at Campbelltown about 1.20pm (AEST).

Emergency crews have since contained the fire, but around 80 firefighters remain on the scene.

The truck is expected to block the northbound lanes on the highway for several hours until it has sufficiently cooled, said a spokesman from Fire and Rescue NSW.

All southbound lanes have been reopened; however traffic is extremely heavy with queues of up to 10 kilometres. Motorists heading north on the Hume Highway are being diverted onto Narellan Road.

View a video of this incident.


(NTSB - National Transport Safety Board USA)

This is a large report but there are many lessons to be learned from this detailed analysis. Ed


On October 22, 2009, about 10:38 a.m. eastern daylight time, a 2006 Navistar International truck-tractor in combination with a 1994 Mississippi Tank Company MC331 specification cargo tank semitrailer (the combination unit), operated by AmeriGas Propane, L.P., and laden with 9,001 gallons of liquefied petroleum gas, rolled over on a connection ramp after exiting Interstate 69 (I-69) southbound to proceed south on Interstate 465 (I-465), about 10 miles northeast of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

The truck driver was negotiating a left curve in the right lane on the connection ramp when the combination unit began to encroach upon the left lane, occupied by a 2007 Volvo S40 passenger car. The truck driver responded to the Volvo's presence in the left lane by oversteering clockwise, causing the combination unit to veer to the right and travel onto the paved right shoulder.

The truck driver's excessive, rapid, evasive steering manoeuver to return the combination unit to the roadway triggered a sequence of events that caused the cargo tank semitrailer to roll over, decouple from the truck-tractor, penetrate a steel W-beam guardrail, and collide with a bridge footing and concrete pier column supporting the southbound I-465 overpass.

The collision entirely displaced the outside bridge pier column from its footing and resulted in a breach at the front of the cargo tank that allowed the liquefied petroleum gas to escape, form a vapour cloud, and ignite.

The truck driver and the Volvo driver sustained serious injuries in the accident and post-accident fire, and three occupants of passenger vehicles traveling on I-465 received minor injuries from the post-accident fire.

Major safety issues were identified in this investigation were cargo tank rollover prevention as they relate to highway and vehicle design. As a result of its investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued safety recommendations to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent Federal agency dedicated to promoting aviation, railroad, highway, marine, pipeline, and hazardous materials safety. Established in 1967, the agency is mandated by Congress through the Independent Safety Board Act of 1974 to investigate transportation accidents, determine the probable causes of the accidents, issue safety recommendations, study transportation safety issues, and evaluate the safety effectiveness of government agencies involved in transportation.

The NTSB makes public its actions and decisions through accident reports, safety studies, special investigation reports, safety recommendations, and statistical reviews.

View the full report (PDF, 3.54MB/107 pages).


September 6, 2011 Elkhorn, Manitoba, Canada

Canadian fire crew battle double tanker fire

Canadian fire crew battle double tanker fire

Crews battled a vehicle fire on the Trans-Canada Highway in western Manitoba late Tuesday.

RCMP received a call around 4:30 p.m. about a double-tanker vehicle - filled with diesel fuel - that was on fire on the highway's eastbound lanes, about four kilometres east of Elkhorn.

According to police, the driver of the double-tanker pulled the vehicle to the shoulder of the road and escaped before the blaze engulfed the truck and trailers.

Both of the highway's eastbound and westbound lanes near Elkhorn were closed until about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

It wasn't the only Trans-Canada Highway closure in Manitoba on Tuesday.

The eastbound lane near Portage la Prairie was closed twice earlier in the day after a car struck a hydro tower, sending wires onto the ground.

That section of the highway has also reopened.


September 25, 2011Ouachita Parish, Louisiana USA

Rail tankers after train wreck

Rail tankers after train wreck

State police, Lincoln Parish authorities and Kansas City Southern officials continued cleanup efforts Monday from Sunday's KCS train derailment as homes within one mile of the scene remained evacuated.

State police spokesman Trooper Mark Dennis said approximately 13 homes remained evacuated late Monday. No injuries have been reported.

U.S. 80 will remain closed between Owens Road and Crocker Road until the scene has been cleaned up.

Two Welch Road residents will be unable to return home until cleanup is completed. Also, residents with homes on U.S. 80 between Croker Road and the Ouachita Parish line cannot return home until cleanup is completed. No time frame has been given of when cleanup will be finished.

Maj. Stephen Williams with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office said there were two railroad cars carrying hazardous material involved in the derailment. However, no hazardous material has leaked out, Williams said. KCS has not released the type of hazardous material.

Dennis said a "highly flammable liquid" was being transported, but he was unaware of the exact type.

"There was a tanker car carrying a flammable liquid that was heavily damaged in the derailment. The contents of this tanker will have to be transferred into another tanker and the scene will have to be deemed safe before those people who are still displaced can return to their homes," Dennis said. "There is no estimate on how long cleanup will take and the safety of the workers and the citizens is the No. 1 priority."

"We've got haz-mat and railroad officials working to clean up the site, but it's been kind of difficult because they've had to build a road to get into the area," Williams said. He expects actual cleanup will begin early Tuesday.

KCS was scheduled to off-load chemicals from one of the tanker cars late Monday. "Maybe Tuesday we can start letting more people return home," Williams said.

KCS spokeswoman Doniele Carlson said 32 cars of the 123-car KCS mixed freight train derailed. The train was heading to Shreveport from Artesia, Miss.

"Hazardous materials are involved. While no haz-mat is leaking, residents within a one-mile radius of the incident were evacuated as a precaution. State Police, U.S. Environmental Services and KCS officials remain on the scene. Highway 80 is closed as is the KCS main line in the vicinity of the derailment. The cause of the derailment is under investigation," Carlson said.



September 15, 2011 Utah USA

Tanker fire in Indian Canyon area

Tanker fire in Indian Canyon area

Utah tanker fire

Utah tanker fire

Authorities say the driver of a semitrailer that crashed and exploded on a Utah highway about 15 miles north of Helper has died.

The truck's tank was full of flammable liquid and the stretch of highway near the Indian County area was covered in flames Thursday.

Cpl Todd Johnson with the Utah Highway Patrol identified the driver as 51-year-old Bryan Ames of Bluebell, Utah.

The truck was heading south on U.S. Highway 191 Thursday afternoon just before 2 p.m. when it rolled over while turning a curve.

Johnson says hazmat crews were able to contain spilled fluid before it reached a nearby creek. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.



Major Fire from Fuel Explosion Put Out In 3 Hours; 1 Injured

Memories for the Editor in this news report as he and the child bride spent 10 days staying with friends in St Augustine in the mid 70's. Known as the oldest town in America and stepped in history. Ed

August 19, 2011 St Augustine, Florida USA

At Augustine, Florida servo fire

Another view of St Augustine fire

A petroleum-fuelled blaze burned for three hours after an explosion at a gas station in St. Augustine late Friday afternoon. The station and surrounding buildings were gutted, neighbours were displaced for hours and traffic remained diverted around the scene at 11 p.m.

Authorities said a fuel was being delivered at the gas station when the explosion occurred at the BP station on state Road 16 at Masters Drive just before 5 p.m.

"They had these couple-thousand gallon tanks that were actually on the side, kind of a substation of the gas station," witness Brian High said. "A fuel truck was over there, and the whole thing exploded."

Read more and view a dramatic video.



September 16, 2011 Pulga California USA

A crash between a Caltrans utility truck with a front mounted snow plow and a tanker truck loaded with 8,800 gallons of fuel closed Highway 70 near Pulga for almost seven hours Wednesday, and clean up could affect traffic during the next three days.

There were no injuries reported in the 6:38 a.m. crash, caused when the driver of the eastbound tanker truck swerved onto the shoulder of 70 near the Pulga Caltrans maintenance yard, and struck the plow on the Caltrans vehicle. The crash occurred in Butte County, just west of the Plumas County line.

California Highway Patrol officer Doug Garrett said the Caltrans driver was leaving the yard to do a routine patrol of the canyon, looking for boulders that had fallen onto the road. As the tanker passed and swerved to the right, it made enough contact with the plow to rip off several of its fuel valves.

Garrett said 1,800 gallons of gas drained from one of the tanker cells in less than five minutes. Fuel in the other cells reportedly didn't escape.

Neither driver was injured in the crash, and Garret said damage to both vehicles was minimal. "It was a minor crash with a major impact," Garret said.

Cal Fire-Butte County crews were the first on the scene and worked to confine the spill to the

Read more.


September 22, 2011 Bainbridge, Georgia USA

A tanker truck filled with diesel and gasoline overturned on Phillips Pope Road, south of Climax, early Wednesday morning.

Bainbridge tanker rollover.

Bainbridge tanker rollover

A tanker truck filled with diesel and gasoline overturned on Phillips Pope Road, south of Climax, early Wednesday morning.

At about 4:50 am, the truck rounded a curve and headed down a small hill in the dense fog. The driver went right through a stop sign at Sykes Mill Road and the truck left the roadway at the slight curve in the road. The truck then went down into a shallow ditch area.

It appeared that when the driver, 46 year old Kasey Childree, attempted to turn back onto the roadway, the tanker overturned. Childree was trapped in the cab of the truck for about 30 minutes until rescue workers could free him. Decatur County Sheriff's Deputies, Fire and Rescue and Climax volunteers responded to the crash

The original caller to 911 stated that Childree stated he did not believe he was injured but was trapped. Rescue workers working to free him were hindered due to the caution exercised with some fuel leaking from the tanker. There was only a slight amount of leakage that occurred.

State Trooper John Kirkus stated Childree was transported by EMS to Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Childree's residence is on Meredith Jones Road, not far from the crash scene.

View a video.


August 31, 2011 Dothan, Alabama USA Crews cut man out of wreckage after crash with tanker truck

Authorities responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S.431 north of Headland on Wednesday afternoon that left one southbound lane temporarily blocked.

Alabama State Trooper Kevin Cook said the crash involved a tanker truck and a sport utility vehicle. He said all traffic in the northbound lanes is open, but a southbound of U.S.431 is blocked.

Cook said firefighters from the Dothan Fire Department responded and had to cut a man out of the SUV. He said the man was taken to a local hospital.

Cook said there appear to be no life threatening injuries from the crash. State troopers continue to investigate the crash.



August 25, 2011 Istanbul, Turkey

LNG tanker stuck under overpass in Turkey

LNG tanker stuck under overpass in Turkey

A tanker truck loaded with liquefied natural gas (LNG) got stuck under an overpass in Istanbul, briefly creating the risk of a gas explosion in the area.

The incident took place in Ataköy, Bak1rköy district, at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The driver of the truck, identified as Cihan Demir, was headed to Zeytinburnu and was directed to the Ataköy overpass by a taxi driver whom Demir asked for directions.

However, the tanker got stuck under the three-and-a-half-meter-high overpass. Demir attempted to push through, but had to call police for help once he realized that it would not be possible for him to pass underneath.

Police and fire brigade teams were able to dislodge the vehicle. There was no gas spill.



Here are some USA stats for the members with a technical twist. Ed

September 4, 2011 Arizona USA

In Arizona in 2010, there were 167 dump trucks involved in wrecks, 29 concrete mixer trucks, 35 tanker trucks, 107 garbage trucks, 187 wrecker or tow trucks, 230 school buses, 22 mopeds, 42 fire trucks, and 73 ambulances.

The number of overall crashes statewide has decreased from 143,503 in 2006 to 106,177 in 2010 - a difference of 37,326 instances.

Also since that time, injury-collisions have decreased from 43,395 in 2006 to 33,195 in 2010 - a decrease of 10,200 wrecks.

Read more.


September 26, 2011Maricopa, California USA

Propane tanker and wreck in California

Propane tanker and wreck in California

One person was killed in a fiery collision involving a pickup and two big rigs on Highway 166 at Cerro Noroeste Road Monday morning. The driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene, but the two big rig drivers escaped injury.

The crash closed the highway for nearly five hours. It was finally reopened at 2:19 p.m.
Kern County firefighters arriving on scene of the 9:22 a.m. crash found the wreckage on fire with a propane tank involved, causing brief fears of a major explosion and fire.

"The passenger vehicle was fully engulfed, the first semi cab was engulfed, tires on the propane tanker were on fire and flames were impinging on the propane tank," Kern County Battalion Chief David Witt said. "We made an aggressive attack and were able to push the fire back off the propane tank."

The truck drivers had exited their vehicles already without injury but no one could help the driver of the pickup. "There was nothing we could do," Witt said. "The vehicle was fully involved."

California Highway Patrol Sgt. J. R. Brock said the crash started when the pickup pulled in front of one of the trucks.

The pickup was in a large dirt turnout on the east side of Highway 166 at Cerro Noroeste when it tried to enter westbound Highway 166, Brock said.

It pulled right into the path of a tractor pulling a trailer with gypsum in it, he said.

"He couldn't stop," Brock said of the tractor driver. "No way could he stop in time."

That truck struck the pickup broadside and both vehicles continued traveling northbound into the southbound lanes.

The driver of the propane truck slammed on his brakes but couldn't avoid colliding with the pickup and tractor of the other truck. The crushed pickup burst into flames.

The fatality was the only victim. The other drivers walked away from their burning rigs without a scratch. "I think it's a miracle they didn't get any injuries," CHP Sgt. D.K. Peters said.



September 7, 2011 Olympia - Washington State USA

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will test the ability of an industry-sponsored company to respond to oil spills during an exercise in Dungeness Bay on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC) will deploy boats, oil-skimming equipment, and oil-containment boom Thursday morning in Dungeness Bay near Port Angeles.

"Being prepared for oil spills is part of Ecology's effort to reduce toxic threats to public safety, health and the environment, and to support the statewide initiative to protect and restore Puget Sound," said Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, manager of Ecology's spills preparedness section.

By participating in the drill, MSRC's customers will fulfill part of the Washington state oil-spill preparedness requirements. Larger ships and facilities must develop, update and practice oil spill contingency plans.

MSRC is a private, not-for-profit company funded by the Marine Preservation Association whose members include companies that develop, produce, refine and transport petroleum and petroleum-based products. Five of these companies are sponsoring the drill: Polar Tankers, BP Shipping, Alaska Tanker Co., Harley Marine Services and SeaRiver Maritime. Ecology will observe and evaluate the drill.



September 2, 3011 Lower Salford, Pennsylvania USA

The northbound lane of the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension has reopened following a fatal crash involving a tanker truck early Friday morning. Tanker rear-ends sedan

Officials say one person is dead following the crash, which occurred after 2 a.m. in the northbound lanes between the Lansdale and Quakertown exits. State police officers at the scene declined to comment.

Firefighters helped to extricate one person from a brown sedan involved in the collision, according to Dean Miller, chief of the Towamencin Volunteer Fire Company.

Miller said three people suffered injuries in the incident. "It's pretty significant," he said.

Towamencin's firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 2:15 a.m., according to Miller. He said the department received the call as a single-vehicle accident on the turnpike north of the Lansdale Interchange.

According to Miller, they arrived at the scene to find the brown car - resting in the left lane - facing south. He also said they discovered that tanker truck had collided with a white car. And that two additional people had suffered injuries.



September 5, 2011 Clarksville, Tennessee, USA Tanker in Clarksville crash

On September 5th, 2011, around 10:30am, a Ford F-150 pickup driven by Hermelindo Pascual, 45, of Clarksville, was southbound on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard, was making a left turn onto Dunbar Cave Road, and failed to yield to a fuel tanker (it was empty), driven by Robert Hurt, 41, of Elkton, Ky traveling north on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard.

Hurt could not stop the fuel tanker in time and collided with the F-150

After the collision, the F-150 was spun around and came to rest in the southbound lane of Wilma Rudolph Boulevard. According to witnesses, both vehicles had green lights, but Pascal turned in front of the tanker.

F-150 ute in Tennessee crash

F-150 ute in Tennessee crash

There was a Nissan Sentra not directly involved in the collision, traveling southbound, that was hit by the bumper from the F-150 after the crash. Robert Hurt and the 17 year old driver of the Nissan were uninjured.

Pascal was taken by Lifeflight to Vanderbilt with possible chest injuries. He was in critical, but stable condition. Pascal was wearing a seatbelt. Pascal will be charged with Driving on a Revoked License, Failure to Yield, and No Insurance.



September 14, 2011 Centerra, Colorado USA

A Greeley man died when the fuel tanker he was driving overturned near the Centerra shopping center in Loveland and then burst into flames.

The Colorado State Patrol said Gary Agee, 58, was driving the tanker from northbound Interstate 25 onto U.S. Highway 34 about 9 p.m. Sunday when he lost control and crashed. The Petroleum Transportation LLC tanker and its contents burst into flames that took firefighters several hours to control.

"He was going too fast for that curve, in that vehicle," said CSP trooper Nate Reid. "The tanker rolled onto its side and went on fire."

The intense fire forced CDOT to close the road for about 12 hours while crews made emergency repairs. It reopened about 9 a.m. today.

Reid said rescue workers were initially unable to determine whether the truck's driver had been ejected during the crash or remained inside while the vehicle burned. He said the large fire forced rescuers to stay back from the truck's cab, so they couldn't help Agee.

Agee's family told 9News that he was a dedicated family man with a good driving record.

In Colorado, trucking companies are given safety ratings by CSP's motor carrier division; Reid said information about Greeley-based Petroleum Transportation's record would likely be available later today.



September 17, 2011 Sibu: Malaysia

Two youths, both 18 years old, were trapped inside their car for more than 20 minutes after it crashed into an oil tanker travelling on the opposite lane at Jalan Pedada, about 3km from the town centre. Car in oil tanker crash

The driver was seriously injured on the head and body and he was admitted to the surgical ward of the Sibu Hospital while the passenger, who was also admitted to the hospital, fractured his right leg. Both were rescued by personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department who arrived at the scene at about 3.25pm, approximately 15 minutes after the accident.

The driver of the oil tanker, Mapang Takin, was not injured but he was badly shaken.

According to Maping, who had been driving oil tankers for 14 years, he was returning to Sibu from Sarikei after sending a full tank of diesel there.

"I suddenly saw a speeding car from the opposite lane coming in my direction. It narrowly missed hitting a tree planted between the roads then crashed into the tanker head on," Maping recalled.



September 22, 2011 Bellingham, Washington State USA

Tanker spews nitrogen

Tanker spews nitrogen

Interstate 5 was closed Thursday morning in Bellingham after two semi-trucks crashed at separate locations, and one of them released a vapour cloud of liquid nitrogen across the freeway, officials said. The freeway reopened about two hours later.

The crashes happened about two miles apart, and all lanes of the freeway were closed for a time between the two accident scenes, said Kris Olsen of the state Department of Transportation.

The first crash involved an overturned tanker that spilled a vapour cloud of liquid nitrogen across all lanes of I-5 at about 7:45 a.m., Olsen said.

State troopers and emergency personnel responded to the scene, at the intersection of Lakeway Drive, after receiving a report of a chemical spill. The truck driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

The vapour cloud was determined to be non-toxic, and it eventually dissipated into the atmosphere.

The second accident, about two miles away, involved a Jacknifed semi-truck blocking all lanes of the freeway. Extensive backups were reported at both crash sites during the freeway closure.



Note the number of petrol tankers parked at the petrol station. Ed

September 25, 2011 Kericho, Kenya

Police officers on Sunday sealed off parts of Kapsoit trading center in Kericho West District after a petrol tanker overturned and spilled petrol.

The spill, which occurred at dawn, attracted a huge crowd with several people armed with jerry cans ready to scoop the fuel.

The security personnel from Kapsoit and Sosiot police stations forcefully evacuated residents from the trading centre to avert a disaster.

Residents had rushed to the accident scene, a few metres from a petrol station, to siphon fuel that had been spilling from the tanker since 2 am.


Kericho West DC Jamleck Mbuba said the security officers also evacuated more than 20 other petrol tankers parked at the petrol station. "The police arrived at the scene of the accident on time and secured the area."

"They evacuated people from their houses and petrol tankers to avert a disaster in case of an explosion from the tanker," he added.

Vehicles plying the Kericho-Kisumu route were diverted to use alternative roads. The accident caused a huge traffic snarl up on the Kericho-Kisumu highway.

Fire fighters from Kericho Municipal Council later arrived and poured foam on the spilt oil.

The tanker was transporting more than 40,000 litres of petrol to Kisumu.

Police are looking for the driver of the tanker who, they said, fled the scene.



September 16, 2011 West Lincoln, Nebraska USA

Health officials say a diesel spill estimated at 90,000 gallons (342,000 litres) late Wednesday was contained within the Hobson rail yard in west Lincoln and will not affect any waterways.

"It's one of the largest (spills) that we can remember," said Nancy Clark, an environmental quality supervisor with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department.

An expansion joint failed on a fuel line at the rail yard's pump house on West O Street at about 11 p.m. Wednesday, causing the leak, said Andy Williams, a spokesman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which owns the yard.

"Once it was detected, the fuel pumps were shut off and the leak stopped," Williams said.

Crews have estimated about 40,000 gallons of fuel were caught by a containment system and another 50,000 gallons leaked into a retention pond on the site.

Vacuum trucks are able to remove the fuel from the containment system, but cleanup of the pond is expected to take several days.

Clark said soil in the area already was saturated from rains, so it didn't absorb much of the leaked fuel. However, she said, some of the soil will need to be removed.

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