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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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31 Spill Response Pump Equipped
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Brisbane QLD 25 Spill Response
Canberra ACT 2 Spill Response
Canberra ACT 3 Spill Response Pumping Unit
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Forbes NSW 18 Spill Response
Goulburn NSW 8 Spill Response
Griffith NSW 13 Spill Response
Holbrook NSW 20 Spill Response
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Moruya NSW 12 Spill Response
Newcastle NSW 19 Spill Response
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32 Spill Response Pump Equipped
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December 2011

CROIERG COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 8TH IN YASS NSW

 

The next CROIERG Committee meeting is scheduled to be held in Yass NSW on Thursday December 8th 2011 at the Yass Soldiers Club, Meehan Street Yass NSW.

TWO TRAINING COURSES HELD IN NOVEMBER

Explaining a point

Explaining a point

A Stage 1 (Management & Emergency Plans) Training Course was held at the TISC Training Complex, in Canberra, on the 23rd, 24th & 25th of November

A Stage Training Course (Practical – Rollover Tanker) was held on November 30th and December 1st and 2nd

FIRE & RESCUE NSW AND THE CROIERG/ NBTA TRAINING COURSES

The Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) will be providing two places at Stage 2 Training Courses for members of Fire & Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW)

These places will be provided 'gratis' as an acknowledgement of the close co-operation required between the attending emergency services and industry responders at incidents and to enable the emergency services to get a grasp (better understanding) of industry procedures and road tanker equipment.

TRAINING COURSES INFORMATION

STAGE 1 TRAINING COURSE

FOR INFORMATION ON THE STAGE 1 TRAINING COURSE (Management)

Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response [pdf]

STAGE 2 TRAINING COURSE (Practical)

FOR INFORMATION ON THE STAGE 2 TRAININ G COURSE

Responder Course Information [pdf]

FOR INFORMATION ON ENROLMENTS AND ACCOMMODATION

Emergency response course enrolment form [pdf]

Accommodation form [pdf]

EMERGENCY RESPONDER TRAINING COURSE DATES - YEAR 2012

Stage 1 – MANAGERS COURSE

13-15th March 2012

14-16th May 2012

17-19th September

Stage 2 – RESPONDERS COURSE

18-20th April 2012

1-3rd August 2012

3-5th October 2012

All training course bookings should be made to:

Trish Mooney

Business Administration Manager 
Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC)

Sutton Road, CANBERRA ACT

Phone: (02) 6297 7187
Fax: (02) 6297 6986
Email: TrishMooney@SRDTC.com

Mail: TISC PO Box 6074 Queanbeyan NSW 2620

BOB WALDRON CEO of TISC JOINS THE TRUCKSAFE BOARD

Bob Waldron, Executive Director of the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) in Canberra, who are the CROIERG Training partners, has been appointed to the board of TruckSafe.

TruckSafe Chairman Stephen Marley said. "Bob Waldron is leading an organisation that is promoting and developing a safety focused driver education system to help provide a skilled workforce for the transport industry."

"The skills centre (TISC) is also part of the National Transport and Logistics Skill Council network, and helps develop industry competency standards, which form the basis of nationally accredited training."

"This is very much in line with the TruckSafe accreditation, which is based on four key standards: training, management, maintenance and workplace and driver health.

"The board will be looking at workplace health and safety, driver health screening (including medicals), the role of the medical practitioner, rehabilitation and fatigue management."

CROIERG congratulates Bob Waldron on his appointment to the TruckSafe Board.

CREWS PREVENT MAJOR CHEMICAL SPILL (NSW)

October 26, 2011 Katoomba NSW

Emergency crews have mostly been able to prevent 20,000 litres of an industrial chemical flowing into the water system after a tanker overturned on the Great Western Highway at Katoomba yesterday (Wednesday).

The semi-trailer carrying synthetic hydraulic oil specifically designed to be used in underground mines rolled on the highway at Civic Place about 12.30pm on Wednesday, sparking fears the fluid would flow into nearby drains that lead to Leura Cascades.Scene of incident in Blue Mountains NSW

Blue Mountains duty commander for Fire and Rescue NSW, Inspector Kernin Lambert, said the Katoomba crew were first on the scene and found a bright lime green liquid flowing from the tanker.

"Katoomba Fire and Rescue immediately donned protective clothing and shut off four of the open valves, which stopped further flow," he told the Gazette. "One of the openings had been badly damaged and they were not able to close it completely.

"The side of the tanker was also torn open from the impact."

Both sides of the Great Western Highway were closed and a 100 metre exclusion zone put into place while HAZMAT crews arrived and worked to identify the substance, he said.

Persistent heavy rain over the following five to six hours also made the cleanup operation more difficult, and maps of the drainage system were obtained from Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) to allow crews to get ahead of the spill and contain it.

"Three separate cut off points were set up at these locations and we had firefighters, HAZMAT crews and council staff on the scene," Inspector Lambert said.

"Council used heavy equipment to construct dams at these locations so we could start putting containment in place before the spill arrived. "That process was extremely successful."

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MOORABBIN AIRPORT EMERGENCY TEST (Victoria)

October 26, 2011 Melbourne VictoriaMoorabbin airport emergency exercise

Emergency services rushed to attend to four 'victims' at Morabbin Airport this morning but there was nothing to worry about - it was only an exercise.

The fake air crash involved airport staff, Kingston Council, CFA, MFB, Ambulance Victoria, St John Ambulance and Victoria Police.

Services rushed to attend a fake crash between a plane and a fuel tanker, which involved three people posing as survivors and a dummy as the deceased pilot.

Six fire units sprayed foam and water on the tanker and aircraft, while paramedics attended to the 'victims'. Police surveyed the scene.

Airport general manager Phil McConnell said a full-scale emergency exercise was held every second year.

"We do have accidents, aviation is one of the most regulated industries in the world, but nothing is certain in life and accidents do happen," Mr McConnell said. "We have to have plans in place to counter those."

Source www.moorabbin-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/moorabbin-airport-emergency-test/

CARS – HOW MANY AND WHERE?

Tankers transport fuel to service station that provide fuel to cars, which carry people and goods.

The latest statistics show how many cars, which countries they are in and how many people per car.

See table below for info:

COUNTRY

CARS (Millions)

PEOPLE PER CAR

United States

239.8m

1.3

China

78m

17.2

Japan

73.9m

1.7

Germany

45.3m

1.8

Italy

41.6m

1.5

Russia

41.2m

3.5

France

37.7m

1.8

United Kingdom

35.5m

1.7

Brazil

32.1m

6

Mexico

30.4m

3.7

India

20.8m

58.2

Indonesia

18.9m

12.6

South Korea

17.9m

2.7

Australia

15.4m

1.5

Source www.wardsauto.com/topgear

TRAFFIC DELAYS AFTER TRUCK ROLLOVER (New South Wales)

November 21, 2011 Ballina NSW

A truck rollover near the new Teven Road roundabout at West Ballina is causing major traffic delays in both directions.

The accident, involving a petrol tanker, happened just before 8am this morning.

It is believed no-one was hurt in the accident, but alternating traffic conditions are still in place on the southbound lanes, with a 5km queue of traffic northbound.

Emergency services and traffic crews are conducting an extensive clean up and the highway is expected to remain partially closed for some time.

Source www.northernstar.com.au

View a video of this Ballina incident.

HUGE CRASH KILLS ONE, CLOSES I-84 9 (Utah)

Very interesting this incident in Utah. Ed

November 5, 2011 Mountain Green Utah USA

Tankers in Utah crashes

Tankers in Utah crashes

Truck into tanker in Utah

Truck into tanker in Utah

Vehicles in pileup

Vehicles in pileup

Utah Highway Patrol expects to have a busy time reconstructing and investigating a massive Saturday morning accident involving 24 vehicles.

The accidents on westbound Interstate 84, beginning at Mile Marker 90, critically injured three people and led to one man accidentally slipping off a bridge to his death.

"It's a pretty amazing scene to see the type of carnage," said UHP Lt. Chris Simmons. "This is probably one of the largest in my 10 years in Weber County."

A UHP trooper was called out to a car fire near Mile Marker 90 at an icy bridge that goes over train tracks. At 6:30 a.m., he saw a double-tanker carrying butane gas come around a bend and jackknife on the bridge because of the slippery conditions, Simmons said.

Two semi-trucks then hit the tanker. The first struck the middle of the double-tanker, straightening it out some, and then the second struck the rear tank on the left-hand side.

The second semi that hit the tanker came to rest on the bridge. The driver of that semi, 28-year-old Mithat Nurko, of San Jose, Calif., stepped out of his truck onto a jersey barrier, slipped and fell 50 feet onto the railroad tracks. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a chain reaction following the initial crashes, at least 20 more cars and one more semi crashed into one another at the scene as they traveled at or below freeway speeds, Simmons said.

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TRAIN CRASH: A DANGER WAITING TO HAPPEN (Malaysia)

November 1, 2011 KOTA KINABALU: MalayasiaTrain and fuel tanker crash in Malaysia

The morning after the train crash outside the Kota Kinabalu International Airport here has provoked fear and anger among city residents, with many saying that "it was an accident just waiting to happen".

Widespread dissatisfaction and complaints have been brewing for years now over the railway line that has been plagued by controversy since the government approved a contract to upgrade the tracks a few years ago.

In an immediate reaction to yesterday's collision between a passenger train and a fuel tanker in which eight people were injured, Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan said all illegal crossing along the railway track will be closed.

How the authorities intend to do this could not be ascertained as there are scores of such crossings all along the track.

It is the only access to hundreds, if not thousands, of dwellings on the other side of the track.

Pairin, who is Infrastructure Development Minister, said that his ministry would launch an investigation into claims that some of the automatic gates recently put up for thousands of ringgit at major level crossings are not functioning.Fire crews battle train and tanker crash

The collision between the petrol-laden fuel tanker and the passenger train on its way to Beaufort caused a fireball and sparked fires along the track.

Scores of motorists panicked when they saw the accident while on their way home.

"Oh my god! Oh my god!" was all one observer could say as she filmed the flames and smoke with her cellphone and later found its way onto the Internet.

The word on the ground has always been that something is not quite right about the way the line has been "upgraded", with the number of level crossings cutting through major roads and junctions as it comes to the station in the city.

There are even private roads crossings the tracks to scores of individual houses all along the route from Beaufort to Tanjong Aru and even more when the line to Tenom opens.

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NTSB'S EMERGENCY RESPONDERS COURSE

For the information of members and associates here is the content of the National Transport Safety Board (USA) Emergency Responders Training Course. Ed

November 7, 2011

The course, designed for emergency responders and planners, focuses on:

  • integrating incident command systems and investigative processes during a transportation disaster;

  • responding to transportation events involving terrorism and/or hazardous materials;

  • maximizing resources, on-site security, and support staffing;

  • responding to media inquiries and managing the press;

  • communicating with the local community and family members of victims;

  • providing assistance to family members;

  • the forensic aspects of recovery and victim identification; and

  • long-term issues facing the affected community following a major disaster

NORTHBOUND WESTERN SPUR OF N.J. TURNPIKE OPEN AGAIN FOLLOWING CRASH, EXPLOSION (New Jersey)

November 8, 2011. Carlstadt, New Jersey USA

Aerial view of burning tanker on New Jersey Turnpike

Aerial view of burning tanker on New Jersey Turnpike

Part of the New Jersey Turnpike has reopened hours after a gasoline tanker truck crash and explosion on the western spur.

Emergency construction closed the northbound lanes between Interchange 15W in Kearny to interchange 18W in Carlstadt.

Southbound lanes reopened earlier today. The detour caused delays on the eastern spur.

The tanker, carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel, erupted after colliding with a minivan Monday night.

State police say no one was seriously injured. The crash remains under investigation.

Source www.nj.com/news

View a video of this fiery crash.

TANKER FIRE SENDS TWO TO THE HOSPITAL (Texas)

November 25, 2911 Sour Lake Texas USA

Burnt out tanker

Burnt out tanker

Tanker fire

Tanker fire

A volunteer firefighter and the driver of an 18-wheeler are in the hospital following an accident this morning on State Highway 105 just East of Sour Lake.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis says officers were called to the scene just before 5:30 AM.

When they arrived, troopers found an 18-wheeler fully engulfed in flames in the eastbound lane.

The truck driver, Terry Dunaway of Beaumont, had fallen asleep at the wheel.

Emergency officials elected to allow the 6700 gallons of crude oil to burn itself out.

Dunaway was taken to St. Elizabeth hospital in stable condition.

A Pinewood volunteer firefighter was badly injured in a subsequent crash. According to Trooper Wayne Simmons, Kimberly Huckabee was helping re-route traffic due to the 18-wheeler fire when she was struck by another 18-wheeler.

Source www.kiiitv.com

TRUCK DRIVER AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER PETROL TANKER ROLLS IN HILLDENE (Victoria)

November 4, 2011, Hilldene, Victoria

Passers-by have dragged a truck driver out of his burning petrol tanker after it rolled over, spilling thousands of litres of diesel, north of Melbourne.

Emergency services were called at 9.15pm yesterday after the truck rolled over and caught fire on Seymour-Tooborac Rd at Hilldene, an ambulance spokesman said.

The driver, 56, suffered head, chest and rib injuries and was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

About 10,000 litres of diesel fuel has so far leaked from the truck, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said.

The truck was still being drained this morning.

Emergency workers have dug trenches in a bid to stop the diesel from polluting nearby waterways.

The section of the Seymour-Tooborac Rd just off the Hume Highway remained closed.

A CFA spokesman said the cause of the crash wasn't yet known.

Source www.heraldsun.com.au

THE PHONETIC ALPHABET

Clear communication is essential in emergency situations

The Phonetic Alphabet is a useful aid in transmitting names etc.

A

Alpha

B

Bravo

C

Charlie

D

Delta

E

Echo

F

Foxtrot

G

Golf

H

Hotel

I

India

J

Juliet

K

Kilo

L

Lima

M

Mike

N

November

O

Oscar

P

Papa

Q

Quebec

R

Romeo

S

Sierra

T

Tango

U

Uniform

V

Victor

W

Whisky

X

X-ray

Y

Yankee

Z

Zulu

For example:

  • "HARDEN" = Hotel Alpha Romeo Delta Echo November

  • Or "YASS" = Yankee Alpha Sierra Sierra

DIESEL SPILL CAUSES MOTORWAY CHAOS (Lancashire UK)

November 2, 2011 Englandon, Lancashire UK

A tanker spillage wreaked havoc on the motorway network in the north of England on Tuesday, forcing the closure of the northbound M6 in Lancashire.

It left miles of traffic stationary for more than an hour on the M6 and M61 motorways near Preston.

It follows another spillage at junction 8 of the M25, a short distance from where the road meets the M23, after a lorry hit a barrier and ruptured its diesel tank at around 4am on Tuesday.

In Lancashire the tanker leaked 15 tons of an as yet unidentified flammable solvent on the northbound carriageway of the M6 near junction 31, close to where the M6 and M61 meet.

The liquid spilled as the tanker went uphill and then cascaded down all four carriageways for several hundred metres, according to a spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, which was first alerted shortly after 10am.

The driver of the tanker was taken to hospital after inhaling strong fumes. The fire service spokesman said there a big "mop-up" operation was under way to clear the motorway.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: "All four lanes of the carriageway are closed and police, fire and Highways Agency are on the scene. The road closures are likely to be in place for some time. We would ask people to avoid travelling to the area if possible."

Source www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news

TRUCK CRASH CUTS TAREE POWER (NSW)

November 22, 2011 Taree NSWTanker and car at Taree

An early morning truck accident in Taree yesterday cut power to parts of the city and left emergency services with a huge clean-up and repair task.

It also brought to a standstill one of Taree's busiest roundabouts, on the corner of Commerce and Albert Streets, just 150 metres from Taree Police Station.

Residents living close to the roundabout were jolted awake by the noise of a large liquid petroleum tanker careering out of control onto a footpath after hitting a parked car and trailer.

Rushing outside their homes, they were confronted with the frightening sight of a power pole snapped off at its base and leaning precariously in mid-air, with live powerlines on the ground.

Luckily, no-one was injured, although the truck driver, from Newcastle, told the Times it was not the way he wanted to begin a Monday morning.

The incident happened just before 6.30 as the driver was approaching the roundabout after crossing the Martin Bridge. "I travel this route often and I know there's often a problem with drivers speeding through this section of town and the roundabout," he said.

"I was watching out for drivers coming into the roundabout on my right, and while I was doing that the camber of the road has caused the truck to veer to the left."

A small red sedan towing a long trailer containing supermarket shopping trolleys was parked on the side of Commerce Street. The front of the rig hit the rear of the trailer, forcing the front of the trailer well up inside the rear of the sedan.

The gas tanker, pushing the trailer and the sedan, careered on for about 50 metres, partly on the footpath, snapping one power pole and coming to land just centimetres from another on the Albert Street corner. Luckily, no-one was in the small sedan at the time. The truck driver escaped injury.

Emergency services cordoned of the intersection and spread absorbent material on an oil spill.

Houses and businesses in parts of the Taree CBD and nearby residential areas were blacked out for varying times.

Essential Energy back-fed power around the network throughout the CBD to minimise the area without power, however the power pole that was hit held a gas switch which meant some businesses were without power for up to six hours as crews worked to replace the switch and associated damage.

Source www.manningrivertimes.com.au/news

CRASH VICTIM WAS GOOD SAMARITAN (NZ)

November 2, 2011 Christchurch NZ

Tanker and car in New Zealand crash

Tanker and car in New Zealand crash

Christchurch man who devoted much time to helping his neighbours after the February earthquake has died after a collision between his car and petrol tanker.

James Gerard Lyons, 48, a cleaner of Addington, died in the crash at the intersection of Brougham and Selwyn streets about 5am yesterday.

The tanker was travelling east on Brougham St and Lyons was travelling south on Selwyn St. He lived in Church Square, only a few hundred metres from the scene.

The tanker driver escaped with minor injuries.

Investigations into the crash are continuing and police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Last night, Lyons' son, Chris wrote on his father's Facebook page: "will miss u heaps dad love u lots. I just wish this didn't happen so soon. r.i.p dad."

After the February earthquake, Lyons volunteered with Addington Action, a community group set up to help locals.

According to NZ Transport Authority figures, there were 17 crashes on the corner of Brougham and Selwyn streets from 2006 to 2010.

Source www.stuff.co.nz

M25 DIESEL SPILL CAUSES 19-MILE (30.4 KILOMETRES) TAILBACKS (UK)

The problems even a small a diesel spill can cause. Ed

November 1, 2011. Surrey UK

All lanes on the M25 have been reopened after a diesel spill from a lorry caused 19-mile tailbacks and delays of up to three hours in Surrey and Kent.

The motorway was closed clockwise at junction eight, the A217 for Reigate, for emergency repairs from 04:30 GMT until early afternoon.

Two lanes were open to vehicles at 13:45 GMT and the final two were reopened at 15:15 GMT.

The Highways Agency said the hard shoulder would be resurfaced overnight.

The agency said it would also be repairing damage to the safety barrier overnight, which would require lane two of the exit slip road to be closed.

Traffic queues backed up into Kent and there was congestion on the M23 northbound and the M26 during the closure.

Diversions were put in place but there were also delays on surrounding roads. The junction had to be closed after the lorry hit a barrier and ruptured its diesel tank.

Read more and view a video.

PANIC IN ABUJA AS FUEL TANKER EXPLODES (Nigeria)

November 17, 2011 Abuja, Nigeria

A tanker belonging to the Ascon filling station on Adetokunbo Ademola, Wuse 2 in Abuja caught fire while discharging fuel on Wednesday afternoon.

However, the tanker driver's act of courage saved not only the filling but the shopping malls beside the filling station.

Tanker on fire in Abuja

Tanker on fire in Abuja

According to the tanker driver he was discharging fuel at the third underground tank when he noticed the fire, he manoeuvred the tanker onto Adetokunbo Ademola Road to avoid the further destruction of life and property.

The incident caused panic amongst several residents who thought it was a bomb explosion.

According to an eyewitness, minutes after the explosion, people started running out of their offices and residences as panic and distress calls went round the city with a false message of a bomb explosion.

Bystanders at the scene of the explosion were unanimous in their condemnation of the poor response to emergency services in the city, citing the fact that the first ambulance arrived 45 minutes after the incident occurred and the four fire trucks that came did not have the capacity to fight the fire for more than two hours.

Read more.

100 INJURED IN GASOLINE TANKER EXPLOSION (Sudan)

November 18, 2011 Zarafa SUDAN

Fire in Sudan tanker incident

Fire in Sudan tanker incident

Casualties rushed to hospital with one doctor and insufficient facilities to tend to large number of patients

At least 100 people were injured, 10 of them severely, when a gasoline tanker exploded in Zarafa area of North Kordofan on Friday, witnesses told Radio Dabanga.

Zarafa is an area of gold mining on the border of Darfur and North Kordofan. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that a tanker filled with gasoline was parked in the local market. "There was some welding work going on nearby.

The sparks from the welders caused a fire in the market. People gathered around the tanker to see what was going on and then the tanker exploded," a witness said.

He added that the fire engulfed a few shops in the market. The explosion caused the tanker to split in two halves which left over 100 people in the crowd injured. The injured were taken to a private hospital in order to receive treatment.

"But there is only one doctor in the hospital who needs to tend to all the casualties. The facilities are insufficient to take stock of the situation," a civilian told Radio Dabanga.

Source www.radiodabanga.org/node/21089

EMERGENCY EXERCISE IMAGINES OIL SPILL, BUS DISASTER, BOIL WATER ADVISORY (Canada)

October 26, 2011 Carleton Place Ontario Canada

A school bus full of injured students and a tanker truck leaking oil into the Mississippi River.

And the oil slick is headed straight for Carleton Place.

If this were a real emergency, this story would not only be on the front page, you would be boiling your water right now, for an indefinite period of time.

Thankfully for Carleton Place and Beckwith Township residents, the events of the morning of Thursday, Oct. 6 were all part of a mock exercise between the two municipalities to iron out what works and what doesn't, in terms of dealing with an emergency situation.

Such an incident would have required the assistance of fire departments from Smiths Falls, Montague, Beckwith and even Mississippi Mills.

"We'd be stretched," admitted Les Reynolds, the chief of the Ocean Wave Fire Company, at the emergency command centre in the council chambers of Carleton Place town hall. (Beckwith's emergency committee was meeting at the same time at the municipal offices in Blacks Corners.)

Since the fire department would be busy putting out any fires on the scene of the incident, and trying to contain the oil slick on the waters of Mississippi Lake, the CERV committee volunteered to take flyers out door-to-door to let Carleton Place residents know about the boil water advisory issued by the medical officer of health. Normally, such a manual notice would be done by volunteer firefighters.

Robo-calls, like those heard during election time, would also be able to alert every residence in town within a half-an-hour.

During such an emergency, as a precaution, it was decided the waste water treatment plant would be closed down, though it was later "reopened" later that morning. Mayor Wendy LeBlanc called a state of emergency during the exercise at 8:30 a.m.

Read more.

TANKER TRUCK FIRE CAUSES FUEL SPILL, POWER OUTAGE IN SUGAR LAND (Texas)

October 28, 2011Sugar Land, Texas USA

Authorities had a huge mess to clean up overnight after an 18-wheeler caught fire, causing a diesel fuel spill and a power outage in Sugar Land, according to police.

A big rig driver for the Texas Trans Eastern trucking company was traveling southbound on the Southwest Freeway around 11:30 p.m. when he said he heard a noise and pulled onto the feeder road near Dairy Ashford to investigate, Sugar Land police spokesperson Doug Adolph said.

The driver got out of the truck and discovered his back wheels were on fire.

The flames spread quickly, destroying the truck and causing about 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel to spill onto the ground. A large portion of the fuel also spilled over into the sewer system which runs under Highway 59.

The flames also spread to power lines above the truck, causing a few power outages.

CenterPoint Energy quickly restored power to the affected areas.

Portions of the freeway were shut down several hours until crews cleared charred debris and made sure the fuel that spilled into the sewer did not ignite.

View a video.

ROADS REOPEN IN JOHNSON COUNTY AFTER NITROGEN SPILL (Tennessee)

October 28, 2011 Johnson County, Tennessee USANitrogen tanker crash in Tennessee

Tennessee authorities had a busy morning on Bulldog Road.

A tanker and a tractor trailer crashed there sometime around 5:00 this morning.

The road finally reopened around 10:00 this morning.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says a tanker hauling 17,000 litres of liquid nitrogen crossed the centre line and hit a tractor trailer.

The liquid nitrogen spilled as well as 600 litres of diesel fuel. A car trying to avoid the crash ran off of the road.

Read more and view a video.

COUPLE KILLED IN N2 TANKER CRASH (South Africa)

November 2, 2011 Umdloti South Africa

A couple has been killed in an accident on the N2 near the Umdloti off-ramp

The man and his wife were travelling on the northbound carriageway just after 10pm last night.

It's believed their car slammed into the back of a fully loaded petrol tanker.

Netcare911's Chris Botha says medics arrived at the scene to find the couple trapped inside the vehicle.

"The wreckage was pinned under the petrol tanker, and there was fuel leaking everywhere. An examination was done on the patients but they found that they had both died before our arrival. The fire department had to render the area safe and then used the Jaws of Life to extricate them from the wreckage."

Meanwhile, four people have been seriously injured in a multiple vehicle pile-up on the N2 northbound, just before Durban's Umgeni Road.

Source www.ecr.co.za

ACID TRAIN DERAILS (Queensland)

October 26, 2011 Cloncurry, Queensland

Emergency services are in the fourth day of clean up following the derailment of a train carrying acid near Cloncurry.

 

The QR National train, which had more than 1.5 megalitres of sulphuric acid on board, jumped the tracks at the Cloncurry railway station late Friday afternoon, the North West Star reports.Acid train in Queensland

The train's 52 carriages were each holding around 32,000 litres of acid - a total of 1,664,000 litres.

According to Queensland Fire and Rescue Service inspector Ross Mutzelburg no acid was actually spilled in the incident.

"Thirteen of them are derailed but they're still upright," he told the North West Star.

Around a dozen firefighters were at the accident site on Sunday to oversee the recovery.

Mutzelburg said it was a dangerous job as the train's carriages were linked to one another by a network of hoses through which the acid flowed.

"We've got experts here undoing the hoses and pumping the acid out. They're wearing acid protection suits which get very hot so there's always a bit of risk to them

"It takes about two hours to disconnect each hose."

He went on to say that every time a hose is disconnected there is a chance the acid may spill.

However "there's only been about a cup spilled, which isn't bad out of more than a million litres".

There is no danger to the public, as the train derailed away from the town.

Track repairs will be needed, but disruption to services is expected to be minimal as the incident occurred in the rail yard, and not the line itself.

According to the Courier Mail, the train came from the Phosphate Hill mine

View a video of the train and rail tank cars (AND to count the number of tankers!).

Source www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/acid-train-derails

CHARAR DRAIN OIL SPILL COULD BE A LOT MORE (Pakistan)

November 12, 2011 Lahore Pakistan

Drain in Pakistan oil spill

Drain in Pakistan oil spill

Over 24,000 litres of diesel and petrol that flowed into the Charar Drain after an oil tanker overturned on the Ring Road Bhatta Chowk Interchange late on Thursday night, continues to pose a fire hazard to the residents settled in houses around the Malikpur Road parallel to the drain, 24 hours after the oil spill.

The spilled oil, slowly creeping through the clogged drain, will flow through residential colonies including Green Avenue Housing Scheme, Gohawa, Khuda Bux Colony, Punjab Small Industries Colony, DHA Phase 2, DHA Phase 5 and cross the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), before it makes its way into the Hudiara Drain in what is expected to take at least 2-3 more days.

Around 4pm on Friday, a fire broke out in the Charar Drain, two bridges from the main oil spill. Eye-witnesses said the fire spread rapidly but was contained by plant overgrowth within the drain. Fire brigades arrived and put out the fire. Rescue officials were putting sand and water on the burning fuel to ease its temperature.

Meanwhile, a small fire broke out on a WAPDA transformer around 5.15pm, which was also immediately put out.

Speaking to Pakistan Today at the site, Fire Brigade official Inamat Ullah said, "We have stationed two fire brigades here until the oil clears. Two other fire brigades are putting out the fire that broke here. We are still trying to contain it." Asked about the details of the oil spill, he said,

We expect the petrol to have evaporated. But the diesel will take time to flow out." Asked how long the oil will take to clear, he said, "It should take two-three days. The only way is for the spilled oil to flow into the Hudiara drain."

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17 VEHICLES IN CRASH ON US 31 IN BERRIEN SPRINGS (Michigan)

November 16, 2011, Berrien Springs, Michigan USA

Wreckage, with tanker on right

Wreckage, with tanker on right

Heavy fog this morning and smoke from a nearby house fire caused a major accident on US 31.

Seventeen vehicles were involved in the accident.

Police say it happened around 6:30 this morning around mile marker 15 on US 31.  They say a utility van slowed down to nearly a stop because he couldn't see through the fog and smoke.  That caused a chain reaction of accidents---one rear end collision after another.

The accident included a semi, a flatbed, a tanker filled with gasoline and 14 other vehicles.

"Actually it turned out very well considering the accident because nobody was seriously hurt," says Lt. Willie Mays with the Michigan State Police Niles Post.  "That's what's most important.  We had some minor injuries but we thank God that nobody got seriously hurt."

Police say it's very rare to see an accident with this many vehicles involved and have only minor injuries.  The accident closed down a section of the northbound lane of US 31 for several hours.

Source www.fox28.com

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