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

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

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

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LOCATION No. TYPE
Banksmeadow
Sydney East NSW
31 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Benalla VIC 22 Spill Response
Beresfield NSW 17 Spill Response
Bordertown SA 24 Spill Response
Brisbane QLD 25 Spill Response
Canberra ACT 2 Spill Response
Canberra ACT 3 Spill Response Pumping Unit
Canberra ACT 4 Spill Response Skimmer Unit
Canberra ACT 5 Training Cutaway Unit Unit
Canberra ACT 6 Training Rollover Unit
Canberra ACT 29 Training Unit Pump Equipped
Canberra ACT 30 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Cooma NSW 27 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Cootamundra NSW 14 Spill Response
Dubbo NSW 36 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Eden NSW 10 Spill Response
Forbes NSW 18 Spill Response
Goulburn NSW 8 Spill Response
Griffith NSW 13 Spill Response
Holbrook NSW 20 Spill Response
Lismore NSW 35 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Melbourne VIC
37 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Mildura VIC 16 Spill Response
Moruya NSW 12 Spill Response
Newcastle NSW 19 Spill Response
Orange NSW 11 Spill Response
Port Kembla NSW 34 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Prestons West Sydney NSW
32 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Beresfield NSW 17 Spill Response
Rockhampton QLD 28 Spill Response
Rockhampton QLD 33 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Shepparton VIC 15 Spill Response
Wagga Wagga NSW 26 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Wauchope NSW 21 Spill Response
Wodonga VIC 9 Spill Response
Yass NSW 23 Spill Response

 

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September 2011

REMINDER! CROIERG AGM TUESDAY SEPT 13TH IN YASS NSW

Special Presentation on the possibility of using the oil industry Canadian Emergency Response system in Australia

  1. How does it function?
  2. Would it work in Oz?
  3. What are the costs?
  4. What are the benefits?

One way to find out?

Turn up at the Swaggers Motor Inn (Yass) Conference Room on Sept 13th

See News Article in this section for more details and other presentations

STAGE 2 TRAINING (Practical) COURSE COMPLETED IN AUGUST. Positive results

A successful CROIERG/NBTA Stage 2 (Practical) training course was held at the Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC) Canberra Training Complex from 17th to 19th of August. And the rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm of those attending although the cold weather wasn't so welcome?

The course was fully booked by TransPacific Industries with people attending from their branches in NSW, Queensland, ACT, Victoria, West Australia and South Australia

Pleasing to receive this TransPacfic Industries comment received the week after the course:

"Also in regard to tanker rollover training feed back from my guys was very good – and to highlight the importance of this training we had a call out last night to a tanker spill (not rollover – damaged under tank piping and leaking internal valve)

Three of the guys who were on the course attended and were able to confidently work with client and authorities to decant leaking compartment"

Chief Instructor Neil Bauer and the Fire Brigade

Discussing a point

Now go down there

Settling a few points

Queanbeyan Brigade pumper at the course

Transpacific pumper

Working out the pumping gear

Working at the TISC tanker

Someone's got to carry the hose

Paul Pulver and Brian Withers from Ron Finemore Transport again provide the industry expertise and their contribution to the success of these sessions is really appreciated. Ed

PLANS BEING PREPARED FOR TANKER ROLLOVER TRAINING STORAGE AREA AT TISC COMPLEX

TISC are preparing plans for extensions to the training equipment area, including the two CROIERG specialist training trailers, at their Canberra Sutton Road Training Complex and this will further enhance our capability

This area will be covered and provided with secure fencing

We have a 40' storage container at TISC and three trailers plus close to $100,000 worth of assets.

Having an improved, secure area is a good move and the wholesale co-operation we receive from CEO Bob Waldron and his team at TISC is excellent

The new CROIERG committee will also consider if an additional (20') shipping container is required in the near future

LIQUIP DONATES SPECIALIST TRAINING AIDS TO THE CROIERG/NBTA TRAINING COURSES

Liquip International Pty Ltd via Andrew Joyce, Head of Sales & Marketing for the LIQUIP Equipment Division have manufactured (and donated) a series of cutaway valves for use as industry specific training aids with our two training courses.

This donation is a great contribution towards ensuring that training course participants receive instruction on the specialised equipment that is in use on modern road tankers

CROIERG, the NBTA &TISC are very, very appreciative of receiving these instructional training aids and they will be of great benefit to course attendees

TRAINING COURSES (Pamphlet)

A first class pamphlet has been produced, by Rob Perkins CEO of the National Bulk Tanker Association, with information on the two emergency responder training courses

Hole drilling students

Paul Pulver explains how the internal valve works

The two courses are:

Stage 1. "TRANSPORT EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN"

Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response

This course has special emphasis on the legal requirements for TERP's (Transport Emergency Response Plans) and incident management

Stage 2. "EMERGENCY RESPONDER TRAINING"

Course in Dangerous Goods Road Transport Emergency Recovery Operations

This course enables participants to: -

  • plan their company's initial response and recovery operation
  • conduct recovery operations at the site
  • complete the initial clean up and recovery operations

The brochure can be viewed here. [link]

The courses have been developed by the Transport Industry Skills Centre, the Canberra and Regional Oil Industry Emergency Response Group Inc with assistance from the National Bulk Tanker Association

TRAINING COURSES (Registrations)

The CROIERG/NBTA Training Courses now have a new course registration system.

This has been implemented by Rob Perkins. CEO NBTA (National Bulk Tanker Association)

Click here to register.

Or contact Rob:

NATIONAL BULK TANKER ASSOCIATION

Rob Perkins (Executive Director)

Email. robperkins@nbta.com.au

Postal PO Box 2230 Hawthorn Vic 3122

Ph (03) 9818 7899 Mob 0411 402 832

CROIERG YEAR 2011 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 13, IN YASS NSW

All members are requested to send delegates to the Year 2011 AGM to be held at Swaggers Motor Inn, Yass NSW on September 13th

Our two Guest Speakers are:

  1. Superintendent Kim Reeson, Manager Safety, Fire & Rescue NSW who will make a presentation on Risk Management and tanker incidents
  2. Rob Harwood, Managing Director of Environmental Strategies Pty Ltd who will present on actual spill incidents that he has attended in a professional capacity

For information on the Agenda go to the links below

Please attend this year's AGM for robust debate on the future directions of the group

The Training Programs are now in place and CROIERG can return to placing emphasis on our core business of supplying spill response equipment and services to the membership

WHAT EMERGENCY RESPONSE IS IN PLACE IN OTHER COUNTRIES TO HANDLE ROAD TANKER INCIDENTS?

Research has been conducted on analyzing what emergency response systems are in place in other countries to cater for road tanker incidents

Hundreds of hours have been spent sifting thru various sources of information and in particular seeing what/which system could be suitable for consideration in Australia.

With the exception of CROIERG there appears to be little else being done from an industry co-operative approach to put equipment and procedures in place to cater for potential incidents.

Several mutual aid co-operatives were formed in the 1990's but the majority appear to now be non-existent

Lots of why's and if's, don't knows and plain lack of interest when some leading questions were asked in some recent surveys that have been conducted to gauge the effectiveness of the response capability in Aussie Land. Disappointing?

However the goal is to keeping plugging away and obtain as much information as possible and there's usually a light at the end of the tunnel.

The Light has been found in North America and ongoing research with fantastic co-operation from industry colleagues in Canada has provided an insight into an emergency response system that could revolutinise the approach, we in Down Under Land, now take to industry road tanker emergency response

A special report on this project will be made to the AGM on September 13th in Yass NSW

NBTA/AFAC BULK TANKER EMERGENCY RESPONSE DAY MELBOURNE SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

The last twelve months have seen unprecedented demands placed on Australian emergency services, with floods and cyclones in Australia and devastating earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan.

The ability to respond and to work with a multitude of agencies and different incidents has never been more in the spotlight.

This is the third annual Bulk Tanker Emergency Response Day under the banner of sharing lessons and improving outcomes. Jointly hosted by the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA) and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) the day focuses on how to better manage emergency response with a focus on bulk tanker incidents.

Download the program [PDF] .

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OLD HUME HIGHWAY TRUCK REUNION AT YASS SEPT 28/29

Old tanker at Yass Sept 28, 2011

Old trucks at Yass Sept 28, 2011

Over 100 old Hume Highway trucks travelled from Sydney to Yass over the weekend of Sept 27-28 to remember the "good old days" of Razorback Mountain, the Cullerin Range, Gasoline Alley at Yass and the Gunning Gap etc

That many people wanted to bring along their restored "big gear" that the organisers had to restrict the numbers.

And what a sight to behold they were. Believe me

A credit to all involved

CALIFORNIA FIRE CREWS LET TANKER BURN ITSELF OUT (California)

August 25, 2011 Lincoln California USA

Firefighters are letting a burning propane rail tanker burn itself out after determining the rail car held much less propane than previously thought, a fire official said late Wednesday.

Firefighters had spent most of Wednesday preparing for a bold attempt to drain a burning propane rail tanker to head off a catastrophic explosion in a Northern California town, where thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes.

But fire crews changed tactics late Wednesday, instead working to fill the tank with water and foam as the remaining propane burned off, Lincoln Fire Chief Dave Whitt said

Crews planned to start draining the propane into a newly dug retaining hole at around 5 p.m. They delayed the process and then decided on the new strategy after determining that the tank held much less propane that they had thought.

Whitt said during a 10 p.m. briefing that he expected the new procedure to take up to two hours before the remaining vapor was out of the tank. "The tank is pretty much empty," he said.

Officials had worked throughout the day Wednesday in trying to head off the potential failure of the 29,000-gallon (110,000 litre) tank. A buildup of heat could lead to an explosion that Whitt compared to a "small thermal nuclear bomb" that produces a fireball several hundred yards wide.

An explosion also could throw metal shards up to a mile away. Officials on Tuesday ordered mandatory evacuations within a one-mile radius.

Between 4,000 and 5,000 homes in the city of 40,000 people were evacuated, and more than 6,000 students were missing their first days of classes, with district schools ordered closed until Monday.

Read more and watch a video.

1 DEAD IN GALLUP TANKER CRASH

TANKER CRASHES INTO BUILDING (New Mexico)

August 19, 2011 Gallup New Mexico USA

The McKinley County Sheriff's Department said a 9,000-gallon fuel tanker has crashed into a building in a busy part of Gallup in western New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police said a Sun Loans store employee, Laura Bitsie, died and at least three others, including the driver of the tanker, were critically injured in the accident.

Bitsie's brother, Tim Bitsilly, told Action 7 News exclusively that the family is reeling. He said his sister had worked at the store for around 10 years, and that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Authorities said the crash happened before noon near an intersection at Highway 491 and West Maloney Avenue. They are looking more and more at the possibility that the driver, Carl Reinhardt, 57, suffered some sort of medical episode, although he was also tested for drugs and alcohol at the hospital.

Hazardous materials crews were sent to the scene in the northern part of the city. The truck leaked some diesel fuel, although the actual tanker was empty.

The crash happened near Highway 491 and Maloney Road.

According to NMRoads.com, evacuations are happening in the area.

Source www.koat.com/news/

View a video or view 10 photos of this incident.

INTERSTATE 275 COMPLETELY BLOCKED BY TANKER TRUCK (FLORIDA)

August 10, 2011 Tampa Florida USA

Tanker blocks highway in Tampa Florida

A semi-trailer crash blocked all southbound lanes on Interstate 275 in downtown Tampa for more than an hour Wednesday morning.

The roadway was reopened just after 10 a.m. The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. near the Ashley Street exit.

A semi carrying asphalt jack-knifed, and a Mercedes slid into an outside wall. Officials said no one was injured.

Source www.baynews9.com

CREWS WORKING TO CLEAN UP DIESEL IN SHUBIE CANAL (Canada)

August 10, 2011 Nova Scotia Canada

Cleanup continues in Dartmouth after a tanker truck and a passenger vehicle collided on Highway 107 Monday, spilling diesel fuel into the Shubenacadie Canal.

More than 1,300 litres of diesel fuel spilled into the Canal between Lake Charles and Lake William.

"The incident couldn't have happened in a worse location because we have the canal right below it," said Derek DeGrass, Compliance Officer for the Department of Environment.

Six heavy-duty booms have been placed in the canal to contain the oil.

The owner of the tanker has hired a consultant to do a shoreline assessment of the damage.

Work has started to excavate the ground beneath the overpass where the fuel landed. Degrass said it's fortunate that the spill was just diesel fuel.

"You know, diesel is a lighter type of fuel and so as a result of it coming into a body of water it has a tendency to dissipate a little faster than a heavier fuel."

Work started Wednesday to excavate the ground where the fuel landed.

"They're really able to get into the small little coves and nooks and crannies of the lake and down the canal and explore absolutely every area."

Read more.

SERIOUS ACCIDENT INJURES 5, CLOSES I-295S (New Jersey)

August 11, 2011 East Greenwich New Jersey USA

I-295 southbound in East Greenwich Township, NJ is closed Thursday morning following an early morning accident involving a tanker truck that injured five people.

Tanker rollover in New Jersey

SUV crushed by tanker in New Jersey

The four vehicle crash happened around 4:30. Chopper 10 footage shows a car is underneath an overturned tractor trailer.

Officials tell NBC Philadelphia that the tanker is leaking asphalt.

Southbound lanes between exits 16A and 16B were completely closed for most of the morning. The left lane on the northbound side was also closed for some time. Motorists were encouraged to use the NJ Turnpike as an alternate.

The conditions of the victims taken to area hospitals remain unknown.

Source www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/

TANKER-TRUCK OVERTURNS ON HAT SIX ROAD (Wyoming)

August 1, 2011 Evansville Wyoming USA

A tanker rolled over on Hat Six Road shortly after 4 p.m., spilling diesel fuel. The truck, heading east on Glenrock Highway and turning south on Hat Six Road, when it overturned, according to Trooper Tom Dolbare from Wyoming Highway Patrol. 

Neither of the truck's two tank trailers ruptured, but diesel fuel spilled from the truck's gas tank, according to Dolbare. No injuries were reported.

The Evansville Fire Department built a berm with dirt from the roadside to contain the fuel spill and was transporting sand to soak it up, according to Dolbare.

Dolbare said Hat Six Road would be closed in both directions in the area until at least 7 p.m.

Source: http://trib.com/news/local/casper/article_d6fa6a20-bbce-11e0-baca-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1TkuP3bux

CIT ORDERS 5,000 RAILCARS FOR AG, FUELS, OILFIELD APPLICATIONS (USA)

Unlike Australia where railcars are like dinosaurs North America is embracing the steel wheels. Ed

August 1,. 2011 USA

CIT Group Inc, a global leader in transportation finance, today announced that CIT Rail, the third largest railcar lessor in North America, ordered 5,000 railcars from multiple manufacturers.

The orders are for covered hopper cars and tank cars that support key industries, including oil/natural gas drilling, renewable fuels, and agriculture, which are experiencing increased demand and contributing to the economic recovery.

"It is important that we maintain a young, modern fleet of high-quality railcars that enable carriers and shippers to maximize loading efficiencies while transporting goods," said George Cashman, president of CIT Rail. "These orders reinforce our commitment to the rail transportation industry and will allow us to capitalize on growth opportunities within the market."

The orders, with deliveries scheduled throughout 2012, include the exercise of an option for an additional 1,750 railcars received when the company ordered 3,500 railcars earlier this year.

Source Bulk Transporter

FUEL TANK SPILL CUTS EXMOUTH ROAD (West Aust)

Updated July 29, 2011 1

A traffic accident has closed a road leading into the town of Exmouth until further notice.

Police say a prime mover towing three tanks of aviation fuel rolled on the Minilya-Exmouth Road last night, 20 kilometres north of the Minilya Roadhouse.

The driver was not seriously injured but one tank split open.

Firefighters are on the scene and attempts will be made to decant the remaining fuel to another tanker.

Source www.abc.net.au

DRIVER WALKS AWAY UNHARMED AFTER FIERY TANKER CRASH ON A1A (Florida)

August 16, 2011 Satellite Beach. Florida USA

State Road A1A is starting to reopen after a fiery tanker crash closed the roadway for hours overnight.

Tanker on fire on State Road A1A in Florida

The tanker crash was eerily reminiscent of a similar one in Brevard County that killed two people on the Beachline earlier in the year.

In this crash, however, only one vehicle was involved, and the driver escaped unharmed.

According to Brevard County Fire Rescue, the tanker was hauling 8,500 gallons of fuel southbound along A1A, when the driver hit a power pole near Shearwater Parkway just before 9:30 p.m. Monday.

The crash caused the tanker to explode, shutting down A1A in both directions.

The northbound lanes reopened shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday. The southbound side, where the tanker caught fire, opened up about 20 minutes later.

However, Satellite Beach police warned the stretch of roadway may be closed again later Tuesday morning. If the Florida Department of Environmental Protection needs to take soil samples or remove contaminated dirt from the site, one or both sides of A1A may need to be closed off again.

Source www.cfnews13.com

FAMILY FILES LAWSUIT OVER DEADLY TAXI CRASH (Texas)

August 1, 2011 Houston Texas USA

Taxi crash into tanker

A local family has filed a lawsuit over a deadly taxi crash that killed two women.

Sandra Jean Smart and Dorothy Britton died July 15 when the taxi they were riding in slammed into a disabled tanker truck. Smart's family has filed a suit against Yellow Cab, METRO -- which contracted with Yellow Cab to transport certain medical patients -- taxi driver David Houston, and Coastal Transport Company, which owned the tanker.

Smart's attorneys said the crash could have been prevented.

"They simply want to make sure that what happened to their mom doesn't happen to anyone else down the road. They're a lot of people who depend on the METRO lift service as we all know," said attorney Sylvester Turner.

None of the companies named in the suit have received a copy of the lawsuit. David Houston is out on bond, facing two counts of criminally negligent homicide

Source: www.abclocal.go.com

TEACHER KILLED IN COLLISION WITH OIL TANKER (Borneo)

August 4, 2011 Besut, BORNEO

A teacher of Sekolah Kebangsaan Langkap, Setiu, was killed when his car collided with an oil tanker at Kilometre 54 Jalan Kuala Terengganu-Jerteh near Kampung Sungai Tong yesterday.

Ahmad Yusrizal Yusof, 30, who sustained serious facial and body injuries died on the spot in the 1.35pm crash.

Setiu district police chief DSP Rohaizat Mohd Ani said the accident happened while Ahmad Yusrizal, who was driving a Perodua Viva car, was on his way to pick up his wife, Azlina Mohd Razali, from school.

He said Ahmad Yusrizal was believed to have lost control of the wheel when taking a sharp bend, causing the car to skid and crashed head-on with the oil tanker which was on its way to Kota Baharu.

Rohaizat said police had yet to obtain information on the oil tanker driver, who was believed to be slightly injured.

The accident caused a traffic congestion and among those caught in the jam were participants in the Kembara Merdeka convoy who were on their way to attend a breaking fast ceremony at the As Solihin Mosque near Padang Luas, Jerteh. — Bernama

Source www.theborneopost.com/2011/08/04/teacher-killed-in-collision-with-oil-tanker/

FIRE DESTROYS CADDIE CAMP BUILDINGS AT SANKATY HEAD GOLF CLUB (Massachusetts)

August 3, 2011 Nantucket MA (USA)

Tanker on fire at golf club

Fire crew and tanker at golf club

Caddie shack fire

A Tuesday morning fire at Sankaty Head Golf Club destroyed three buildings that were part of the private Nantucket island club's caddie camp.

There was one reported injury from the blaze, which firefighters put out after arriving on the fiery scene at the only remaining caddie camp in the country at about 10 a.m. Tuesday. 

Residents of the island 24 miles out to sea could see the thick black smoke from the fire for miles, according to Nantucket's Inquirer and Mirror.

The fire began after a local gas distributor filled the camp's kitchen propane tanks from a tanker truck. As the driver removed the hose, a spark set the tanker on fire, a Sankaty Head staffer who requested anonymity told us Wednesday morning.

The fire quickly spread from the kitchen and mess hall to one of the club's five residence halls, destroying virtually all the belongings of 24 of the loopers, none of whom was in residence at the time. The truck driver, whom the I&M identified as Mark Phillip, called 911 and alerted the campers immediately after the fire started, said the Sankaty Head spokesperson.

"Luckily, nobody was there and everyone had gotten out," he said.

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SOUTHBOUND I-15 REOPENS AFTER TANKER TRUCK CRASH, EXPLOSION (Nevada)

August 10, 2011. Nevada USA

Remains of tanker in Nevada incident

Southbound Interstate 15 in the northern valley reopened nearly 11 hours after a fuel tanker truck rolled over and exploded near the Lake Mead Boulevard interchange.

Although all lanes of the road are open, some of the repairs are only temporary and the Nevada Transportation Department will be closing some lanes next week to repair the road.

The truck crashed shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday in the southbound lanes of the highway between the Lake Mead Boulevard off-ramp and the Owens Avenue overpass, Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott said.

The fuel tanker truck overturned and burst into flames, but the driver escaped unharmed, Elliott said. It's unclear what caused the accident.

The truck, which was carrying 9,100 gallons of unleaded fuel, was engulfed in flames when emergency crews arrived.

"Unfortunately, the damage to the roadway is a little greater than we thought," Elliott said.

Troopers initially closed both sides of the highway, but the northbound lanes of I-15 reopened at 5:30 a.m., leaving the southbound lanes closed from the northern Las Vegas Beltway to D Street. Troopers closed that seven-mile stretch of highway to avoid motorists being stuck for hours as the cleanup continued, Elliott said.

The road was reopened between the beltway and Cheyenne Avenue about noon and was completely reopened shortly before 3 p.m.

Transportation Department crews used sweepers to clear debris, then applied temporary seals to cracks in the road, spokeswoman Michelle Booth said.

The department is preparing an emergency contract to hire a company to mill away and replace the damaged pavement. The repairs will cost $100,000 to $150,000. That work will take place at night to minimize traffic problems, officials said.

Trucking companies are required by the U.S. Transportation Department to have insurance. The company involved in today's crash is insured and will be billed for the cleanup and repairs, Booth said.

Read more.

PROPANE EXPLOSION KILLS ONE, FORCES EVACUATIONS NORTH OF ROSE HILL (Kansas)

AUGUST 3, 2011 Butler County, Kansas USA

Emergency crews converged on the scene of a propane explosion in Butler County Tuesday afternoon. Hospital workers confirm a 40-year-old Rose Hill man who was critically burned, died from injuries sustained in the initial explosion. Two others were treated for less severe injuries. Hundreds were forced to evacuate.

"I just know they said if that 23-thousand tank goes, nobody is safe back there," explained Bill Stuhlfatz who owns a business near the explosion. "My shop is three quarters of a mile from there."

Stuhlfatz says he was told to stay put after the original explosion. Then residents in the area say multiple explosions continued to rock Global Propane Energy in the 13000 block of SW Butler Rd just after 2 p.m.

As of Tuesday night a 16-thousand gallon propane tank continued to burn.

So what caused the massive explosion? One worker originally told emergency crews he heard a loud "whoosh" sound and then there was an explosion. And while the exact cause is not yet known, the fire continued to burn hours later.

Fire crews still on scene Tuesday night began to allow residents to go back home. Emergency workers say they plan to let the tank on fire at the propane company continue to burn so it does not explode.

Read more.

DRIVER DIES AFTER SUV REAR-ENDS GAS TANKER STOPPED ON INDEPENDENCE (North Carolina)

August 6, 2011. Charlotte. North Carolina USA

One person is dead after a SUV slammed into the back of a fuel tanker Saturday morning on East Independence Boulevard.

The wreck, which closed the road's outbound lanes for nearly five hours, happened just after 6 a.m.

A Ford Explorer struck the rear of a fuel tanker that had stopped for a red light at the intersection of Independence Boulevard and North Sharon Amity Road, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Police said they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The driver of the Explorer, who has not yet been identified, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 6:45 a.m. The driver was the Explorer's only occupant, according to Observer news partner WCNC-TV.

The driver of the fuel tanker suffered a minor injury and was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, police said. He was treated and released.

Source www.charlotteobserver.com

TWO BURNED TO DEATH IN TANKER ACCIDENT (Jordan)

August 1, 2011 Amman, JORDAN

Two citizens were burned to death on Monday in a fuel tanker accident in the southern port city of Aqaba, Civil Defense Department (CDD) said.

CDD spokesman Colonel Farid Shara said the deaths resulted from third grade body burning. He added that rescue teams rushed to the scene and evacuated the bodies to Princess Haya Military Hospital in Aqaba.

Source www.petra.gov.jo

I-465 RAMP REMAINS CLOSED AFTER FATAL TANKER CRASH (Indiana)

August 3, 2011 Indianapolis, India USA

A Delphi man was killed when his tanker overturned overnight on an I-465 ramp. The Crawfordsville Road ramp to northbound I-465 will remain closed through evening rush hour.

I-465 and tanker rollover in Indiana

Fire crews at I-465 rollover

Shawn Sullivan, 47, was hauling 8,000 gallons of gasoline westbound on the Crawfordsville Road ramp to northbound I-465 at around 12:36 am. He lost control of the semi, went off the right side of the roadway and into a ditch and overturned, trapping Sullivan in the cab.

Sullivan was pronounced dead at the scene.

About 3,000 gallons of gasoline leaked from the tanker and was contained by the Speedway Fire Department.

Spill recovery officials and the Marion County Health Department are working on off loading the remaining fuel onto another tanker. Once the fuel has been removed and the site considered safe, emergency workers will remove the deceased from the semi cab.

The asphalt area that was damaged with gasoline from the tanker spill is going to be removed and repaved prior to opening the ramp. Road construction authorities performing the repair anticipate the ramp being closed through at least the evening rush hour Wednesday if not longer.

Source www.wthr.com

TRUCK DRIVER KILLED IN ROGERS CRASH (Arkansas)

August 12, 2011 Rogers Arkansas USA

A man is dead after a three car crash in Benton County, Arkansas Thursday morning.
Arkansas state police say the crash happened on Highway 12 at Green Valley Road in Rogers.

They say a vehicle swerved to avoid a car that was stopped on the road.
It struck a car and then a truck head on.  The first vehicle then rolled and came to rest on top of the truck.

Cox Communications did confirm the identity of their driver, Lathen Cox, who was killed in the accident. The drivers of the two other vehicles were injured.

Accident re-constructionist Gary Thibodeuax says hazmat crews had to be extra careful with the cleanup. "We gotta worry about static electricity we gotta worry about sparking," said Thibodeaux. Thibodeaux says they had to remove all the fuel before they could remove any wreckage.
Thibodeaux is also the safety director for Anderson Gas, the company that owns the tanker. The tanker driver is said to be OK.

He says it will take days to figure out precisely what happened but he believes it started with the tanker truck driver hitting another car. "And then he got in a weaving situation and he weaved on down and there was a Cox cable truck and he hit the truck," said Thibodeaux.

He says this is one of the worst accidents he's seen in his forty plus years of highway safety experience. "Out of a category of 5 this is a category 4," said Thibodeaux.

Hazmat crews have to be extremely careful with the cleanup and avoid any little spark because of the gasoline. "A blevy with 2 thousand gallons would heat us up real good right here and that is what we're trying to avoid," said Thibodeaux.

Source http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=504087

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