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August 2011

August 2011



Location: Swaggers Motor Inn Conference Room

Please note the date change from the original announced date of September 14th.

We will have two Guest Speakers for the AGM:

  • Chief Superintendent Rob McNeil of Fire & Rescue New South Wales
  • Rod Harwood, Managing Director Environmental Strategies

Official CROIERG AGM Notices will be mailed out this week


The next scheduled Emergency Responder Courses to be held at the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) Sutton Road Training Complex in Canberra are:

  • Stage 1 Course 2-5 August and 17-19 October
  • Stage 2 Course (Practical) 17-19 August (Fully Booked)
  • Stage 2 Course (Practical) 24-26 October

Enquiries to TISC

Trish Mooney, Business Administration Manager 

PO Box 10211 Dickson ACT 26020

Ph: 02 6297 7187 Fax: 02 6297 6986



National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA)

Rob Perkins, Executive Director

PO Box 2230 Hawthorn LPO Vic 3122

Tel 03 9818 7899 Fax 03 9818 6534

Mob 0411 402 832



Emergency Response to road tanker incident a main agenda item

The National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA) will again be holding their Road Tanker Emergency Response Seminar, on September 8th, at the excellent Melbourne Park venue.

Rob Perkins, Executive Director of the NBTA, informs us that a very interesting team of speakers will bring those attending up-to-date with the latest in bulk fuels transportation safety aspects and there will be a special emphasis on industry emergency response.

CROIERG will be one of many industry sponsors for this important safety seminar and our training partners TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre) of Canberra will be amongst the presenters.

Response Day details.

All Enquiries to:
Rob Perkins, CEO NBTA, PO Box 2230, Hawthorn, Vic, 3122
'Phone: 0411 402 832



For those of you who may not have been aware, a reunion luncheon of old & current Oilie Distributors was held in Melbourne in April of 2006. It was a wonderful success, attended by distributors from the 1970's - 1990's era. As you might imagine there was much reminiscing, many stories told - some exaggerated and probably some given a lot more colour than they probably deserved.

There were people who had not met one another for thirty years and in spite of the greying hair or no hair at all, many still looked the same as they did all those years ago. Or, that is what it seemed like by the end of the day. The beer and red wine flowed as it normally did at distributor functions and everyone had a wonderful time.

The 1970's to 1980's were particularly unique years for the (1500) or so petroleum distributors operating in Australia at that time.

During that period APADA was born, Unions were running rampant, the (9) major oil companies were acting in concert with them, when Distributors stood up through APADA and took them on in the courts - and won. Also during that period, again through APADA - OAMPS insurance was born.

Source Kevin Hughes, Chairman OOFERS

Oofer and his tanker

Oofer and his tanker

Which Oofer owned this tanker?

Which Oofer owned this tanker?

The 5th OOFER Reunion and ACAPMA Conference, as notified to all members, is being held in Townsville Queensland over the period 20-23rd of September 2011 at the Jupiter's Casino, with the reunion luncheon being held at the Casino on the 20th of September 2011.

If you have not yet registered you can still do so by contacting Elisha at ACAPMA on 1300 160 270 or register online.


Highway gridlock spurs ODPM into action...

This has a familiar twang to it. Ed

June 27, 2011 Trinidad & Tobago

Two weeks after a National Petroleum fuel tanker overturned and spilled gasoline on the Solomon Hochoy Highway causing a major traffic gridlock for several hours, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is in the process of establishing a new response team. 

The ODPM, through its communications officer Dike Noel had initially said it was not mandated to be involved in such an emergency.  However, a media release signed by the ODPM's chief executive officer Dr Stephen Ramroop yesterday stated that the National Extreme Incident Response Team (NEIRT) "Will adequately address all gaps in the incident command system and information flow."

A meeting was held yesterday at the ODPM's office in Tacarigua with all first responder agencies. Ramroop said the policy for NEIRT was already drafted and will be sent to Cabinet for approval.

On June 14, the midday crash caused a five-hour long traffic pile-up affecting tens of thousands of people, causing multiple minor accidents on secondary roads choked with vehicles and chaos outside many schools. The problem was only resolved after nightfall. Noel had said the ODPM was not expected to get involved in the emergency response.

He said, "It was not something that we were mandated to get involved in... If it was on a larger scale then we would have gotten involved and immediately coordinated things a bit differently, in a different measure."

But Roger Ganesh, director of Highways in the Ministry of Works and Transport, who visited the area along with Works Minister Jack Warner on the day of the crash, criticised the ODPM saying they were the ones who were supposed to be coordinating the response. 

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July 6, 2011
An oil tanker, off the coast of Yemen, carrying one million barrels of oil was attacked by pirates Wednesday morning. Legal advisor to the owner, Suez Fortune Investment Ltd, Andreas Look, commenting from Athens stated that the crew of 26 was unharmed during the incident and that the ship is currently being towed and escorted with no risk of a spill.

Note: One million barrels is equal to 158,987,295 litres. Which is more than Australia's daily oil consumption of 903, 200 barrels or 143,597,324 litres. Ed

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June 22, 2011 South Australia

A diesel spill spread for several kilometres along the Port River, endangering plant and marine life. The spill last Wednesday (June 15) spread between Pelican Point and Torrens Island, as far south as the North Arm, according to the Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organisation's Aaron Machado.

The fuel was still being sighted off Osborne and Mutton Cove over the weekend but its source was yet to be determined.

Mr Machado, Torrens Island power station operator AGL and the Transport Department (DTEI) used boat propellers to churn the river water in attempts to dissipate the fuel.

WDCS volunteer Marianna Boorman was worried by any pollution that could impact on dolphins. She said patches of oil were regularly appearing near the Jervois Bridge but she did not know where they were from. Mr Machado said:

"All of Mutton Cove would have been affected ... any (fuel) can be detrimental to the mangroves. "He said a flock of black cormorants had settled dangerously close to the fuel.

"We had no choice but to buzz through them to move them on. They dive in an area that can be clean but come up in an area that's contaminated."

North Haven resident John Reid spotted the slick at Mutton Cove on Saturday (June 18). "There was a slick from the sub base right down to Outer Harbor," Mr Reid said.

"I was walking the dog and I could smell it, it was putrid. All the stuff went into the wetlands." Mr Machado said more boats needed to be launched quickly to fight fuel spills, which were happening every couple of months.

He said his boat and others from the Torrens Island power station operator AGL and the Transport Department rushed to the latest spill.

But more government resources, or a database of local organisations and residents who could be alerted to help was needed, he said. "There's not enough contingencies for when it does happen. Ten boats in the water can disperse more (diesel) than three."

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June 20, 2011 Canada

Truckers hauling explosive or flammable loads have killed and badly injured people after getting drunk or stoned behind the wheel, an analysis by The Canadian Press has found.

Tankers leaving Calgary oil terminal in 2003

Tankers leaving Calgary oil terminal in 2003

Government crash reports reveal that thousands of people who transport dangerous cargo put themselves - and others - at even greater risk by driving while impaired and not taking enough care on Canada's roads and rails.

These accidents are few compared to the many millions of safe shipments of dangerous goods in Canada every year. But they raise questions about why some drivers handling such hazardous cargo don't always take the greatest possible care.

The information has been kept in a database of reported accidents involving the transport of dangerous goods, such as explosives, liquids and gases, poisonous and infectious substances, or radioactive materials.

Government officials record accidents in the Dangerous Goods Accident Information System when a spill or leak poses a danger to human health, property or the environment.

The Canadian Press obtained the database under the Access to Information Act.

An analysis found sleeping drivers, carelessness and negligence, speeding and handling cargo the wrong way are just some of the many reasons - besides drugs or booze - for thousands of crashes in the last 20 years.

The chief underlying factor in all accidents was the people involved. Over half of the database's 20,000 entries list "human" error as a factor. That's three times more than the runner-up, "equipment."

Leading causes of accidents were: Improperly loading, unloading and handling dangerous cargo, with 2,571 entries; drivers losing control of their vehicles, with 1,950 entries; and carelessness and negligence, with 1,746.

Impaired drivers caused 21 accidents and another 83 happened because drivers fell asleep at the wheel.

Those two factors combined with tragic consequences in April 1997 on a northwest Alberta highway. Crash reports say the driver of a pickup truck carrying diesel tanks fell asleep - a fatality inquiry later heard he was drunk - and hit a Greyhound bus head on. The passengers were drenched in fuel when the bus caught fire.

The crash killed the truck driver instantly, and the bus driver and a passenger died in the fire. Twenty-seven people suffered burns and other injuries. Three passengers later received medals of bravery from the Canadian government for helping people flee the flaming bus.

In another impaired-driving accident, a truck carrying radioactive materials ran off the road and overturned in southeast Saskatchewan in January 1992. The crash report says the truck "was a complete write-off" but the radioactive source remained sealed. No one was injured.

Transportation law in the United States requires drug and alcohol testing of all employees in safety-sensitive jobs in aviation, trucking, railroads, mass transit, pipelines and other industries. Even Canadian workers who bring goods into the U.S. must follow Department of Transportation regulations - including drug and alcohol tests.

Canada has no such drug- and alcohol-testing requirement. The head of a trucking association said the industry would welcome such testing.

"Drug and alcohol testing, as an industry we didn't have an issue with it - nor do we have it today," said Bob Dolyniuk, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association.

"We don't need people under the influence or people using illegal drugs or prescription drugs inappropriately operating our vehicles on the roadway."

No one from Transport Canada was available for an interview.

Speeding caused another 162 crashes. Bad driving - including improper turns, not signalling, tailgating and ignoring stop signs and traffic lights - was to blame for 226 accidents.

Dolyniuk doubted workers were being careless." If I'm handling dangerous goods and there's a risk to me ... I would find it a hard stretch that I would be careless with that product."

Dolyniuk also pointed out the majority of dangerous-goods accidents were minor. Indeed, four out of every five accidents recorded in the database fell within the lowest levels on a 10-point severity scale. Truckers hauling explosive or flammable loads have killed and badly injured people after getting drunk or stoned behind the wheel, an analysis by The Canadian Press has found.

Government crash reports reveal that thousands of people who transport dangerous cargo put themselves - and others - at even greater risk by driving while impaired and not taking enough care on Canada's roads and rails.

These accidents are few compared to the many millions of safe shipments of dangerous goods in Canada every year. But they raise questions about why some drivers handling such hazardous cargo don't always take the greatest possible care.

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July 29, 2011
Indian telecom companies added nearly 60 million mobile users in three months, taking the country's number of wireless subscribers to around 812 million, according to official data.

India is the world's fastest-growing mobile phone market and second largest after China, with over a dozen operators competing for millions of new customers each month. The country's mobile phone base grew by 7.9 per cent to 811 million during the January-March financial quarter, up from 752 million at the end of December 2010, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.



The Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway, a passenger-dedicated trunk line opened in June 2011 that reduced the 1,318 kilometre journey between the largest cities in China to less than 5 hours. Trains reach top speeds of 300 km/h for the entire trip.

Chinese bullet train

Chinese bullet train

Train Interior

Train Interior

By the time the bullet train reaches Shanghai from Beijing the Aussie XPT Express after leaving Sydney for Melbourne would be just past Goulburn.

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Source Wikipedia


And it's 41 kilometres long.

40 kilometre long bridge in China

41 kilometre long bridge in China



July 9, 2011 South Jersey. NYS USA
The three right lanes of Route 42 south are blocked at this hour due to a crash involving two trucks and a car.

Car crushed under tanker in South Jersey

Car crushed under tanker in South Jersey

The car sustained considerable damage in the crash, but no information was immediately available on the condition of the driver.
The collision took place south of Exit 14, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The crash on Route 42, along with significant flooding on Route 42 and the Black Horse Pike, has caused the eastbound lanes of the Walt Whitman Bridge to slow almost to a standstill, according to the Delaware River Port Authority.



July 7, 2011 ZIMBABWEFire crew battle tanker blaze

The recent fuel tanker accident, spillage and explosion in Harare presents a gargantuan challenge on the country's chemical incident management systems at a time when risk and safety management are compromised by economic and developmental hurdles.

With the death toll of 11 people in this one tragedy, there are lessons that must be learnt by the government, disaster management stakeholders and members of the public.

After a similar Kenyan blast and explosion incident, transferable lessons remain valid within national, continental and global contexts. Similar blasts are not a rarity in Nigeria, where people tap gas pipelines to pilfer fuel for cooking or for resale on the booming black market.

In another tragic accident in 2006, a gasoline blast killed 200 people in Nigeria. In all these cases, poor government regulation, inadequate licensing and inspection enforcement and control of hazardous materials were to blame.

The fire and rescue service, police, hospitals and other incident management responders have a collective responsibility to protect the public in situations like these.

The effective support from these stakeholders calls for candid public participation, cooperation, commitment and engagement. Each one of these stakeholders must execute their roles in a well-coordinated, efficient and effective manner.

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July 29, 2011 Bendigo VictoriaBendigo LPG tanker on side
A man walked away uninjured after his semi-trailer, carrying 16,000 litres of LPG, rolled near Malmsbury yesterday.

The truck was travelling west on the Malmsbury East Road when it swerved towards the gutter.

Leading Senior Constable Robert Sheridan, from Malmsbury, said the 55-year-old man from Cranbourne was lucky to survive the crash.  "We are still looking at the cause," he said.

"Apparently he has left the road and was unable to back on.  Fortunately he has done a good job."

Police and the CFA were called to the incident at 10am. Leading Senior Constable Robert Sheridan said the CFA had monitored the site and there was no danger to the public.

"For what could have been quite a volatile situation we've been very lucky," he said.



July 27, 2011 Melbourne Victoria

Fuel tanker on its side at Korumburra pub

Fuel tanker on its side at Korumburra pub

Police have blocked off the main street of the town of Korumburra, 120 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, after a b-double fuel tanker crashed into a hotel and brought down power lines.

The truck failed to take a corner into the main street and crashed into the Austral Hotel. Diesel from the tanker spilled into the stormwater drains.

Local businessman, Michael Giles says emergency services are working to transfer excess fuel from the truck.
"It's taken out a very big thick concrete electricity pole that stands right on the corner there at the pub," he said.

"You know you can always say things could have been worse, [but] it looks extremely horrific that the 24 wheels or whatever are pointing out onto the highway and the tanker's just lying on its side."

Police are directing heavy traffic away from the accident scene and have isolated a primary school across the road.

The power company has been contacted to cut off electricity to the area to minimise the chance of an explosion. Earth moving equipment is being brought in to dam the fuel spill.



July 5, 2011 Gahanna, Ohio, USA Overturned tanker in Ghanna

A worker examines an overturned truck at the intersection of Morrison and Hamilton roads in Gahanna. The truck, flipped over and temporarily trapped the driver.

Authorities in Gahanna have reopened Hamilton Road and the exit from I-270 to northbound Hamilton Road after a diesel-fuel spill this morning closed off the area for about 6-1/2 hours.

A tanker-truck overturned around 10 a.m. at Hamilton and Morrison roads. A small amount of diesel spilled as a result of the crash, according to a Gahanna Fire Department dispatcher. The road was closed from Rocky Fork Boulevard to I-270.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The driver of the truck was taken to Grant Medical Center. That person's condition wasn't known.


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June 25, 2011 AUGUSTA, Michigan USA

Crews cleaning up the Kalamazoo River

Crews cleaning up the Kalamazoo River


Booms in place

Booms in place

They stood on fan-boats, wearing white protective suits and using "stingers" to spray water along the bottom of the Kalamazoo River northeast of Augusta.

The goal: to stir up submerged oil from last year's massive Enbridge spill near Marshall and send it to the surface.

Crews have been using the technique for about a week now, according to an Enbridge spokeswoman. The oil gets collected in absorbent boom, pads, skimmers or other tools.

"We actually empower the crews to decide what the best technique is," Enbridge spokeswoman Becky Haase told 24 Hour News 8.

About 250 people are working on the submerged oil recovery process now, she said, and that number will grow. The effort is set to happen at about 200 sites where crews have identified signs.

The chosen sites are places where stirring up the oil won't cause more problems than it solves, said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency incident commander Ralph Dollhopf.

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July 5, 2011 Cavalier North Dakota USA

A semi pulling two trailers full of oil rolled into a ditch near Cavalier, N.D. on Monday night, spilling about 5,000 gallons of oil from one of the trailers, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The semi, driven by Jakob Neumann, 24, of Manitoba, was coming from Winnipeg, when it drifted off the right shoulder on N.D. Highway 18 about five miles northeast of Cavalier.

Neumann was unable to correct, according to the release, and the semi and both trailers rolled into the ditch.

The first trailer of oil broke open and spilled 5,000 gallons into the ditch, the Patrol said, while the second trailer remained intact and came to a rest on top of the first.

Neumann sustained injuries, but the extent of those injuries has not yet been released. The rollover occurred at around 6 p.m. The crash remains under investigation by the Patrol.



July 12, 2011 Derby West Aust

Traffic has been brougt to a standstill on a section of the Kimberley's major highway after a tanker rolled, spilling fuel over the road.

Sgt Julie Hanson said the Great Northern Highway was closed in both directions between Derby and Fitzroy Crossing.
It comes after a fuel tanker crashed about 90km west of Fitzroy Crossing near the Ellendale roadhouse.
Sgt Hanson said the incident had forced the closure of the road and the absence of any diversion routes meant it would remain closed for up to four hours.

Motorists travelling through the area, in what is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year, have been advised to remain patient.



June 27, 2011 Sarat, INDIA

Four members of a family died on the highway to Mumbai when their Wagon R car rammed a chemical tanker around 1.30 pm on Sunday. The car owner's 18-year-old son was probably at the wheel when the accident happened on the outskirts of Astgam, near Navsari.

Both vehicles were heading towards Mumbai and the accident happened when the car swerved from the third lane to the first lane to overtake the tanker but lost control.

The front portion of the car was trapped under the tanker and got dragged for some distance. Soon after the car came off from the tanker, it caught fire. It was running on CNG.

Eyewitnesses told the police that the two men sitting in front seat were motionless when the car stopped, but a woman and a man in the rear seat were alive. The woman died soon after, and the man followed in five minutes.

Locals tried saving Hitendra and his wife but they could not pull them out. Within minutes, the entire car was engulfed in flames. "The bodies are badly burnt and identification is difficult," said M R Chavda, circle police inspector, Navsari.

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The scope of the oil leak into the Yellowstone River could extend far beyond a 10-mile (16-kilometer) stretch of the famed waterway, the company acknowledged under political pressure Monday.

Crews using absorbent booms to collect oil

Crews using absorbent booms to collect oil

Oil in Yellowstone River

Oil in Yellowstone River

As the company intensified its cleanup of tens of thousands of gallons (liters) of spilled crude, Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. President Gary Pruessing pledged to do "whatever is necessary" to find and mop up oil from the 12-inch (30-centimeter) pipeline that broke at the bottom of the river over the weekend.

The company had earlier downplayed assertions from state and federal officials that damage from the spill was spread over dozens of miles (kilometers). That drew sharp criticism from Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who planned to tour the damaged areas Tuesday.

Company officials said their statements were misconstrued, and Pruessing pledged that crews would begin walking the Yellowstone shoreline as soon as the flooding river recedes to look for pooled oil along the banks.

"We're not limiting the scope of our cleanup to the immediate site," Pruessing said at a news conference along the river near Laurel, as crews mopped up oil in the background. "We are not trying to suggest in any way that that's the limit of exposure.



July 9, 2011 Warmington, UK
A driver suffered serious head injuries in a collision with a petrol tanker.

The accident on the A605 between the Oundle roundabout and the Warmington roundabout happened just before 1.30pm yesterday.

Tanker and car incident on A605 in UK

Tanker and car incident on A605 in UK

A grey Toyota Corolla was involved in the accident and its driver was airlifted to Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry.
The road was closed for some time but opened later in the afternoon. Police say it is unclear how the collision happened.



June 28, 2011 Warm Springs, Oregon, USA

A fiery tanker crash on Highway 26 near Warm Springs closed the highway in both directions for a while this morning.

Emergency workers say the tanker truck left Highway 26, hit an object and exploded. The accident also touched off a small wildland fire. 

ODOT's Peter Murphy describes what happened:

"A tanker truck left the highway and it collided with something. Right now I don't know what that was. As it hit that object, it exploded and burst into flames. I guess it had gasoline, aviation fuel on board, which is pretty volatile.

Once it gets going, it gets pretty hot. And so the truck became fully engulfed. And in addition to that, it caused a small fire in the wild land. Traffic was stalled for hours and smoke could be seen throughout the area." 

Delson Suppah works at a radio station and saw the smoke from the station: "It was going pretty well, you could see black smoke out of there for a long time." Local fire crews were able to quickly douse the flames of the wildland fire. Late reports indicate apparently the tanker truck driver perished in the crash.



June 28, 2011 Toowoomba Queensland
A major catastrophe was averted in Toowoomba last night when a petrol tanker carrying 23,000 litres of fuel ruptured at a service station on the corner of Ruthven and North Sts.

Emergency services were called to the service station at 7pm with reports of a massive fuel leak.

Upon arrival, crews discovered that more than 1000 litres of unleaded fuel had spilled from the tanker and was leaking into nearby drains.

Queensland Fire and Rescue crews remained on site to monitor fume levels to ensure the spill did not ignite and to assist with the massive clean-up. The petrol service was evacuated and no one was injured in the incident.



June 28, 2011 Huizhou, China

Yesterday morning, a fully loaded 35 tons of diesel a large tanker in Huizhou urban Jinshan Bridge Approach Road occurred at a turning roll, damage caused by more than 20 tons of diesel oil tank leak out, attracted fierce people looting, fire and police after the stop.

According to reports, at about 9 am yesterday, a six-axis large tanker from Huizhou Jinshan Bridge Bridge is the bridge, ready to turn Third Ring Road, the suspect excessive speed, the next bridge turn lead hit the trail beside the fence leading to rollover.

The front and three cells in severely damaged oil tanks, diesel fuel leak in one place, and flow to the roadside ditch at least 20 tons. About 100 nearby residents have to take after hearing the news, including professional tools for loading oil barrels come grab the oil.

Huizhou fire and safety supervision department, according to reports, the accident occurred, Huizhou City, traffic police, fire, safety supervision departments rushed to the scene to deal with, and a tanker driver on the injured were sent to escort personnel hospital.

People come to grab the oil has been prevented in time. Firefighters to drain the road and roadside ditches in the diesel injection foam to prevent fire and explosion.

Huizhou City traffic police, fire, safety supervision departments quickly dispatched more than 100 rescue workers, timely evacuation of people to grab the oil, and spent five fire engines and three cranes handled the scene.  At present specific reasons for the accident is still under investigation.  



June 24, 2011 Connecticut

The Post Road was closed in downtown Darien Friday evening as a tanker truck became stuck under the railroad bridge that runs just north of Tokeneke Road.

Tanker stuck under Post Road bridge

Tanker stuck under Post Road bridge

The truck, an 18-wheeler, was traveling north at the time when it was stopped by the low-hanging overpass.
The bridge - no stranger to such incidents - has a clearance of 10'9", too low for the typical tractor-trailer.

Firefighters and Darien police were on the scene. There were no reported Metro-North disruptions as a result of the accident.



July 14, 2011 Deerfoot Trail, CANADA
The cab of a tanker truck caught fire on Thursday morning forcing a temporary closure of southbound Deerfoot Trail.

Tanker prime mover on fire on the Deerfoot Trail

Tanker prime mover on fire on the Deerfoot Trail

The tanker was travelling south near Anderson Road when it caught fire.

The fire department said the driver and a passerby tried to put out the blaze but were unsuccessful.
Firefighters were able to put it out before the fire spread to the tank of fuel.. Deerfoot was closed for about an hour. No one was injured.



July 14,. 2011 North Salt Lake Utah USAOverturned tanker after train collision

An oil refinery train and a tanker truck collided Monday morning here, sending a refinery employee to the hospital with serious leg injuries.

The accident happened about 9:15 a.m. at about 200 West and Center streets in North Salt Lake on private railroad tracks belonging to Big West oil refinery.

South Davis Metro Fire Agency deputy chief Jeff Bassett said the semi was pulling two empty propane trailers, across the third set of tracks on Center Street, as the train was heading north to switch rail cars.

The second of the two trailers was hit by the train which was unable to stop in time.

Bassett said the trailer which was struck overturned and hit a power pole which sheared off, but remained upright.

The injured man was on the nose of the rail car at the time of the accident and was radioing the train, trying to get it to stop, but Bassett said with the momentum of the train, the engineer couldn't stop it in time to avoid the collision.

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July 8, 2011 Blakesburg, Iowa USASmouldering remains of tanker truck after fire in Iowa

"I woke up and then I heard a huge boom." is how Mitzy Solis, age 12, describes being woke up this morning in Blakesburg.

From there young Mitzy went and knocked on her grandma's door, "and she wasn't there", so Mitzy then knocked on another neighbors house. When she looked around, they had the driver of the truck on the ground. "2 guys were calling 911, then this lady was checking the guy's pulse."

From there, Mitzy stood with family until they were forced to evacuate to a safe distance from the fire. Mitzy says that she was pretty scared and that there was lots of smoke.

Around 8:30 a.m. July 8th, the Sinclair petroleum tanker appears to have been offloading fuel to some storage tanks at the coop area when the fire started. Investigators are not yet commenting on what may have caused the fire that sparked the explosion.

Other than rattling windows, none of the homes next to the coop appear to have suffered any damage. Not long after residents and children were once again seen walking their neighborhood and talking about their experience.

Blakesburg's 1st Assistant Fire Chief Jim Deevers said that, "We had a Sinclair truck that caught fire and blew everything all to hell, in a nutshell." Deevers said this with some laughter after a long day of fighting the 15 alarm fire. The fire was limited to the tanker, and a little shed the truck was parked near when the fire started.

"We evacuated this whole town, from here to the fire department", Deevers stated about the precautions being taken to protect the residents. The fire department is nearly 6 blocks North of where the fire occurred. Firefighters were concerned that the 5500 gallons of fuel, only 35 yards away from the blaze, might have also caught on fire.

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GAS TANKER CRASH CREATES ROUTE 1 INFERNO; Trapped In Truck, Driver Dies At Scene; 4 Motorists Injured (Massachusetts)

July 24, 2011, Saugus Massachusetts USA-
One man died and several people were injured early yesterday when a tanker carrying thousands of gallons of gasoline rolled over through a median on Route 1 and exploded in a towering fireball.

Wreckage of tanker on Route 1

Wreckage of tanker on Route 1

Firefighter at Saugus fire

Firefighter at Saugus fire

The driver of the tanker, Neal Michaud, 59, of Manchester, N.H., was trapped in the cab and died at the scene. He was driving a truck for PJ Murphy Transportation of Methuen about 2:15 a.m. when he lost control of the truck, which crashed and rolled across the guardrail and into the southbound lane of the divided highway, said David Procopio, a State Police spokesman.

Six cars crashed into the tanker, which began leaking its cargo of about 11,000 gallons of fuel onto the road, Procopio said.

Flames shooting up from the tangle of vehicles charred a highway sign and an overpass and burned wires off a nearby utility pole.

Four motorists were taken to hospitals. Three had minor injuries and one man, Kevin Fitzgerald, 60, of South Hamilton, sustained serious burns and underwent emergency surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Procopio said. State Police are investigating to determine the cause of the crash, he said.

The tanker was reduced to its frame, its massive tank gone. The cars also suffered extensive damage, with tires on some burned completely off the wheels. The smell of gasoline lingered in the air for hours after the crash.
About 45 minutes after the crash, a second fireball rose from a creek a few hundred yards beyond the roadway. Fuel from the crash had seeped into the storm-drain system and pooled in the creek.

When it ignited, it spread burning embers across the neighborhood, setting fire to two greenhouse buildings, a house, fences, and several patches of brush, said Fire Chief James L. Blanchard.

"Lights were shaking from the ceilings of homes, and people woke up to see flames in the back of their house,'' Blanchard said.
Plumes of smoke rose hundreds of feet into the air over the creek and over the M. Huberman Greenhouses, which lost two buildings and countless plants.

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Fire crew keep their distance from the tanker fire July 25, 2011 Boston MA USA

After another massive North Shore tanker fire, residents and fire officials say it's time for the state to step in with new measures to control the truck traffic from local fuel facilities before more people are killed.

"We need to have just one lane for all those trucks, and limit them to 35 miles an hour," said Allan Huberman, as he lifted debris from his fire-scorched family greenhouse business yesterday.

"We've had four or five major accidents on that road, just in the last couple of years. People are going too fast, and you can't, not with all that on-and-off traffic."

"It's a serious concern of ours and has been forever," Saugus fire Chief James Blanchard said about the fuel trucks moving through densely populated areas.

His fire crews evacuated 120 people from their homes early Saturday morning.
Blanchard said drug testing of drivers and cutting back on rotaries had helped, but now it may be time for other changes, such as widening sections of Route 1.

In nearby Everett, fire Chief David Butler agreed something has to change. Overturned tanker fires hit Revere's Brown Circle in 2009 and in Everett in 2007.

"We've got a lot of this coming out of my city, and we're not getting any extra help because of it," Butler said. "There is an unfair strain put on some of these cities."

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