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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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32 Spill Response Pump Equipped
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February 2011

CROIERG/TISC STAGE 1 TRAINING COURSE DATES SET FOR FIRST HALF OF 2011

Stage 1 CROIERG/TISC Training Courses will be held on:

  • April 4th to 6th (Monday to Wednesday)
  • May 16th to 18th (Monday to Wednesday
  • June 14th to 16th (Tuesday to Thursday)

Note that the June date has been changed because of the Monday Public Holiday (Queen’s Birthday)

The courses will again be conducted at the TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre) Training Complex based on the Sutton Road, Canberra & Regions Oil Industry Emergency Response Group, Inc.

The TISC complex is in the Australian Capital Territory and just over the NSW border from Queanbeyan.

All enquiries should be directed to TISC
Telephone (02) 6297 7187
Email office@suttonroad.com.au

SEMI-TRAILER TRAINING TANKER NOW ON SITE AT THE TISC (Canberra) TRAINING COMPLEX

The specially modified semi-trailer training tanker that CROIERG has obtained from a major oil company was delivered to the TISC Sutton Road, Majura (Canberra) Training Complex on January 21st.

This unit will be a principal training aid in the Stage 2 CROIERG-TISC Training Courses and was placed in its special designated area at the complex under the supervision of CROIERG committee members Brian Withers of Ron Finemore Transport.

Modifications to this tanker were carried out by WBG Trailer Repairs Pty Ltd of Preston (Sydney) and specialized equipment was provided by Liquip Sales Pty Ltd of Smithfield.

CROIERG gratefully acknowledges the contribution of WBG Trailer Repairs and Liquip Sales to this industry training project.

The heavy-duty tow truck that transported the tanker from Sydney to Canberra and expertly positioned it on site was under the control of Jim Cool of Royans. Truck & Trailer Repairs of Wagga Wagga NSW
Royans are a CROIERG member

Tanker at TISC site
Tanker at TISC site
Training semi delivery
Training semi delivery
TISC CEO Bob Waldron and trailer
TISC CEO Bob Waldron and trailer
Tow truck and tanker
Tow truck and tanker

 

CROIERG TRAINING COURSE (Stage 1) BROCHURE

For a brochure on the Stage 1 CROIERG – TISC Training Course
"Fuel Transportation. Emergency Planning and Response" (3 Day Course)
Go to the following link:

CROIERG 2011 Flyer [pdf]

HUMAN FACTORS AT PLAY DURING A LARGE GASOLINE SPILLAGE (UK)

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published the article below and accompanying video on their excellent website
CROIERG members will find this very, very interesting! Ed

On Friday 26th November 2010 Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair of HSE, gave a speech to the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors on Leadership in the Major Hazard Industries. The speech touched upon a number of issues surrounding human factors in relation to major hazards and provided examples of good and bad practice. An example of the latter can be seen in the footage, which was used by HSE in a recent successful prosecution of a fuel terminal operator.

The footage shows in stark form how humans react when called upon to manage a known serious risk i.e. a significant gasoline spillage.
A decision has been taken to make this footage available on our website to raise awareness of human factors issues and to assist dutyholders in training their employees on better management of known and less well known risks.
View a video from the HSE.

TANKER EXPLODES NEAR BALLINA (NSW)

January 1, 2011 Ballina NSW
It is feared the driver of a tanker truck that overturned and exploded on the Pacific Highway about 10km north of Ballina has died.
Police say they have been unable to locate the driver as the heat from the blaze has been so intense.

The intensity of the blaze was such that the road melted next to the truck. Police have been unable to identify the company the truck was owned by as number plates have been charred.

It’s expected the blaze from the tanker, which is estimated to carry about 40,000l, is expected to be allowed to burn until the fuel inside is spent. The highway is expected to be closed until the end of the day and it’s likely the truck will not be removed until tomorrow.

Smoke from the tanker blaze

Smoke from the tanker blaze

The accident occurred about 11.50am as the truck, heading south towards Ballina, lost control and crashed into a guard rail near Sandy Flat Road.
The truck brought down powerlines onto another vehicle with two people inside it before it exploded, and a black pall of smoke is still visible for a number of kilometres. The people in the car were not injured and were released by police.

Light vehicles have been diverted along the Old Bangalow Road and through Lennox Head and Alstonville, with heavy vehicles diverted on to the Summerland Way or New England Highway. There is heavy holiday traffic along the Pacific Highway and diversions.
The area around Tintenbar hill where the accident occurred has seen a number of serious accidents. That part of the highway will be closed when the Ballina bypass is completed in 2012.

View a video on this report.

Source www.byronnews.com.au

And following is a further report on this Northern NSW incident.

FUEL SPILL IMPACTS WETLANDS IN NORTHERN NSW

January 4, 2011 Lismore Northern NSW

A wetland contaminated with petrol and firefighting foam after last week's tanker crash and explosion at Cumbalum will take years to recover, an expert has warned.

The crash happened on the edge of the wetland and next to Emigrant Creek and dumped thousands of litres of fuel into the sensitive environment.

It was not known precisely how much unleaded petrol and diesel fuel had spilled into the waterway and wetland, although emergency crews had worked hard to contain it.

Environmental impact from Northern NSW tanker crash

However, with about 33,000 litres of fuel coming from the tanker, it was impossible to contain all of it and burning pools of unleaded petrol and diesel were clearly visible within the wetland.
Rous Water technical services director Wayne Franklin said the spill would have no impact on Emigrant Creek Dam because it had happened downstream and well outside the dam's catchment area.
Wetland Care Australia program leader Josh Keating said it would be hard to tell the precise impact without investigating the site, but said the spill would have a severe environmental impact on the wetland and creek.

"It will have a devastating impact on water quality and biodiversity," he said.
"Remediation of the site will have to be pretty intensive and even then it will take years to recover."
Mr Keating said wetlands could recover from normal bushfires because seeds would survive and regenerate and animals could take shelter in burrows.
However, heat generated by burning pools of petrol could be enough to kill both seeds and sheltering animals.

"What they will probably find is the earth is scorched to a significant depth," Mr Keating said. The chemicals in the fuel and in the foam used by firefighters could have an on-going impact by having soaked into the soil where they can leech into Emigrant Creek and be carried downstream towards the Richmond River, potentially extending their impact into the fishery."

Source www.northernstar.com.au

NATURAL ATTENUATION OF GROUNDWATER

What is Natural Attenuation?
"Natural attenuation" refers to the ability of a ground water system to rid itself of contamination resulting from a spill or improper disposal of wastes. It is emerging as a viable -- and in some cases, the preferred -- remedy for contaminated ground water.

The basic concept of natural attenuation is not new. We depend on it, for example, in municipal wastewater permits that allow treatment plants to discharge a certain amount of wastes without unduly depleting oxygen in surface water. Another example is the use of drainfields in septic systems.

Bacteria that naturally inhabit many ground water environments are able to break down chemicals once thought to be virtually non-biodegradable. For example, components of gasoline such as benzene, toluene, xylene, and ethylbenzene are now known to biodegrade in ground water to carbon dioxide and water. Other contaminants, including chlorinated solvents (e.g., dry-cleaning solvents) can also biodegrade under particular conditions. In some cases, natural biodegradation may break down contaminants in ground water faster than they can be removed by engineered systems.

Natural attenuation is sometimes a preferred remedy because it does not transfer pollutants from one location to another. Rather they are broken down in place, converted usually to non-toxic end products. However, natural attenuation is not always a completely effective remedy by itself. In cases where the contamination is spreading more quickly than it can break down, where drinking-water wells are threatened by contamination, or when toxic breakdown products occur, engineered systems are needed so that exposure to contaminants is eliminated.

View the full article.

This report is sourced from the ISCO (International Spill Control Organisation) Newsletter website.
CROIERG is an Associate Member of the ISCO

CSB COMMENDS WEST VIRGINIA ACTION ON CSB RECOMMENDATION THAT PROPANE TECHNICIANS BE TRAINED AND LICENSED;
ACTION FOLLOWS TRAGIC EXPLOSION AT CONVENIENCE STORE

Washington DC, USA January 12, 2011 –
CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso today commended West Virginia for its effecctive response to a CSB recommendation that propane technicians in the state be trained, certified, and licensed.

The Board issued the recommendation to the governor and legislature following the CSB investigation of a propane explosion at the Little General Store in Ghent, West Virginia on January 30, 2007.  The explosion killed four people and injured five others seriously.

The CSB found that a junior propane service technician was preparing to transfer propane, unsupervised, from an old to a new tank located next to an outside wall of the store.

The technician removed a safety plug from a malfunctioning liquid withdrawal valve, causing an uncontrollable release of propane.

Propane entered the store through the rest room ventilation system.  The technician had only 45 days of limited on-the-job training with his supervisor.

CSB general store propane explosion

CSB general store propane explosion

Dr. Moure-Eraso said, "The Board has voted to designate West Virginia’s response as ‘Closed-Acceptable Action,’ meaning that the state’s action fully meets the intent of our recommendation. By taking this action, the state assures that anyone working with liquefied petroleum gas systems in the state – from installation to maintenance – will be fully qualified, and that means lives will be saved and we will greatly reduce the risk of a recurrence of the Ghent tragedy."

View more on this CSB report.

32 KILLED AS BUS COLLIDES WITH TANKER (Pakistan)

January 24, 2011 Jamshoro PAKISTAN
At least 32 people, including women and children, died in a blazing inferno when a bus collided with an oil tanker in southern Pakistan, police said.

The bus, carrying 45 passengers, hit the oil tanker on a super-highway near Jamshoro district in Southern Sindh province, according to police, resulting in a fire that burned most of the passengers to death.

"The driver lost control of the bus and hit an oil tanker from the back side, 32 people have been killed and several others injured," senior police official Mohammad Farooq told reporters at the scene.

"There are women and children among the dead. Some dead bodies are beyond recognition," he said.
Ten more people who were injured were taken to a local hospital, he added.
Pakistan has one of the world's worst records for fatal traffic accidents, blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

Source www.abc.net.au

RED LEN PLOTS PETROL STRIKE BY MILITANT FUEL TANKER DRIVERS TO CRIPPLE (UK)

Here is a (bad) memory jogger for those CROIERG members who are old enough and can recall, what was known as "The Laidley Dispute of 1980"
In nomine Patris, et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen

January 9, 2011 UK
Militant fuel tanker drivers are threatening a national strike which could bring the country to a standstill.

Walkouts by 3,000 drivers, which union bosses are due to confirm this week, will bring fresh misery to Britain’s 36 million motorists, already hit by VAT and fuel tax hikes.

But the domino effect of the dispute – led by union firebrand ‘Red’ Len McCluskey – also threatens fuel supplies to industry, hospitals, schools and the homes of old and vulnerable people who use oil central heating.

The strike action planned by Mr. McCluskey’s union Unite, Britain’s biggest, is confirmed in internal documents seen by The Mail on Sunday.
The dispute risks endangering the economic recovery amid fears that fuel shortages could lead to profiteering by garages, where motorists face long queues at the pumps.

It could also spill over into manufacturing industry and threaten shops and supermarkets with food shortages as haulage firms run out of fuel. Few companies carry large stocks of fuel because of the huge expense and the volatile nature of oil prices.
The dispute, which could begin next month, centres on demands by Mr. McCluskey and his union for Seventies-style national collective bargaining with oil firms, distributors and contractors, who currently negotiate individually and do not pay drivers – who earn up to £40,000 – an agreed national rate.

Employers fear that if they agree to a national negotiating forum, it will give Mr. McCluskey – who is understood to enjoy a pay and perks package of more than £100,000 a year – (That’s $156,000 Aussie Dollars)- the power to call nationwide walkouts more easily.
Unions are desperate to reintroduce the type of collective bargaining used in former nationalised industries such as coal and steel. It gave unions the power to order their members out on strike, bringing entire industrial sectors to a standstill.

A senior fuel supply industry source said the last thing employers wanted was to agree to outdated collective bargaining arrangements.

Source www.dailymail.co.uk

View the full article.

If members would like to know more about the above mentioned Laidley Dispute go to the following link, which is based on material taken from: -
The Legal Antecedents of the Workplace Relations Act
"From the Plague to Reith" By Peter Ericsen

The Laidley Dispute [pdf]

PUMP SHUTDOWN AT LIFT STATION CAUSING SPILL (California)

The use of effective vacuum trucks in spill response.
With a difference. Ed

January 11, 2011 Lake Forest California USA
Want to know why six tanker trucks and seven vacuum trucks were at Los Alisos Boulevard and Jerinomo Road early Saturday?
The North Aliso Lift Station operated by Moulton Niguel Water District flooded at 7 p.m. on Friday when a casing on a pump split. Two pumps were knocked out after 15 feet of sewage filled the inside of the pump station, Bob Gumerman, general manager of the Laguna Niguel-based water district said.

"We had to pump out the area and replace the motors," he said. "We did a planned control and release."

The 6,750 gallons were directed about 20 feet to a drain on Los Alisos.

The trucks were used to vacuum and transport the sewage to another location where it could be treated. Orange County Public Health was notified immediately and the south beaches at the outfall locations were closed as a precaution until Monday, Gumerman said.

Crews from Moulton Niguel, El Toro Water District and Santa Margarita Water District responded immediately and by about 3:15 a.m. Saturday had sucked up most of the sewage before the peak hours hit. No sewage hit the nearby sports fields at Heroes Park, Lake Forest city officials said.
Gumerman said this was the first spill the district has had in 10 years.

CSB VIDEO "DANGERS OF HOT WORK"

Excellent staff training material from the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB)

TANKER OVERTURNS IN PROVO CANYON, SPILLS OIL (Utah)

December 20, 2010 Provo Utah USA
Provo Canyon was closed for several hours Monday while crews cleaned up a tanker rollover and oil spill.

Tanker rollover in Provo Canyon

About 9:50 a.m., a tanker pulling two additional pups — all filled with crude oil — was traveling west through Provo Canyon. About 200 yards past the Sundance turnoff, the third trailer tipped onto its side but stayed attached to the others, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Brian Hyer.

Approximately 10 barrels of crude oil leaked but all of it was believed to have been diked off before it reached the Provo River, Hyer said. The tanker was carrying about 65 barrels.
The cause of the crash was still under investigation Monday. The road was slick and wet at the time, Hyer said.

Source www.desertnews.com

TANKERS CAUSE TROUBLE ON SUMMIT COUNTY ROADS (Colorado)

December 22, 2010 Silverthorne Colorado USAProduct leaking from tanker

Tuesday brought double trouble for Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and the Summit County Haz-Mat Team after two chemical-bearing tankers crashed and sprung leaks in the course of one afternoon.

Crews had barely finished containing the estimated 1,000 gallons of magnesium chloride spilled when a tanker overturned under the Interstate 70 interchange in Silverthorne when a different tanker crashed while traveling down from the Eisenhower tunnel on I-70, dumping approximately 50 pounds of liquid blasting agents on the highway.

 

Heavy Tow truck rear-ends tanker

Heavy Tow truck rear-ends tanker

According to initial reports, the second crash occurred when a heavy-tow vehicle rear-ended the tanker carrying the blasting gel — said to be about the consistency of apple sauce. The material is potentially explosive if exposed to spark or flame. A truck carrying such material would usually be routed over Loveland Pass, but the pass was closed Tuesday afternoon for avalanche control work.

Tow truck rights one of the tankers "We've had our teams a third of a mile away, according to the manufacturer's directions" Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue spokesman Steve Lipsher said. "It's my understanding that this stuff is fairly stable, unless it comes in contact with the wrong agent."

Colorado Department of Transportation hazmat crews were called in to assist with clean-up efforts.

The driver of the tow truck, which was not a CDOT vehicle, was injured in the crash and taken to Summit Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the tanker was also taken to the hospital in Frisco.

The crash shut down I-70 in both directions from Silverthorne to the tunnel.

Eastbound lanes are back open as of 7 p.m., but westbound I-70 is expected to remain closed for approximately eight hours — or until about 1 a.m. Wednesday. A tanker from Cheyenne was scheduled to off-load the substance from the wrecked truck.

The blasting agent spill came just two hours after a double tanker rolled its rear tank spilling magnesium chloride dangerously close to the Blue River. The tank may have overturned as the truck was making the tight turn off the eastbound I-70 exit ramp on to Highway 9, said Lake Dillon Deputy Chief Jeff Berino.

The driver was unharmed.

Lake Dillon crews constructed berms from sand and plastic around the spill to try to keep the chemical out of the Blue River, where it could be harmful to fish and wildlife, Berino said. Warmer temperatures Tuesday increased snow melt runoff, making it more difficult for crews to contain the spill.

Magnesium chloride is a liquid salt used to de-ice road.

Source www.summitdaily.com

BOVINE BLAMED FOR TANKER SPILL (Oregon)

January 6, 2011 Deer Island, Oregon USAFire crews work on tanker after crash with 4 cows
Four days after a gasoline tanker truck collided with four cows on Highway 30 near Deer Island, crews are still working to clean up the hazardous mess.

The New Year’s Eve crash, at 64001 Columbia River Highway, happened at 9:15 p.m. The cows that had presumably wandered into the highway from a nearby farm were killed and the tanker driver, Scott Hamar from Kelso, Wash., was hospitalized with minor injuries.

After the crash, gasoline began to spill onto the ground at an estimated 20 gallons per minute, according to Sgt. Larry Lucas of the Oregon State Police St. Helens work site. Specialists were brought in to stop the leaking and clean up the mess.
The highway was closed for hours.

Clean up is being handled by a private company hired by Wilcox & Flegel, the company that owns the tanker that crashed. The contaminated soil is being removed.
Accidents involving animals in the road, especially at night, are more common than some would expect, Lucas said. "Sometimes there is just nothing you can do about it."

Source www.spotlightnews.net

HIGHWAY INFERNO IN REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

December 15, 2010 Arouca. Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Two men were injured following a massive explosion and ensuing fireball along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in Arouca yesterday after a fuel tanker transporting diesel collided with a tractor.

The injured men were identified as fuel tanker driver Andre Rodriguez, 41, of Mission Road, Freeport and tractor operator Devindra Anil Matadin, 31, of College Road, St Augustine. The tanker is owned by VKD Transport Limited and was contracted by NP.

The tanker, which was proceeding east flipped over and ended upside down facing west.

Upon impact, the 6,000 - 8,000 gallon tanker burst into flames as it skidded off the highway onto the grassy median.

Thick plumes of smoke covered both the east and west bound lanes of the highway making visibility nil.

As a result both sides of the highway near the fire were cordoned off by police causing massive traffic along both the east and west bound lanes and where possible, vehicular traffic being diverted onto the Eastern Main Road.

Rodriguez managed to crawl out of the burning tanker and was later rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mount Hope by a motorist, before police and paramedics arrived at the scene. He suffered severe burns. Matadin escaped with minor head injuries including a laceration to the left side of his body. He was taken to the Arima District Hospital via an ambulance.

According to a police report, at about 8.55 am the tanker was proceeding along the left lane of the highway and when it overtook the tractor, its back wheel hooked onto the tractor’s rotator. The tanker instantly spun the tractor around facing west and dragged it for several metres.

Eventually, the two vehicles separated, causing the tanker to flip and land upside down bursting into flames. Matadin, police said, managed to gain control of his machinery and stopped before speeding off west along the east bound lane, in a bid to escape the inferno.

Motorists, police said, escaped injuries and collision as they were able to stop their vehicles a safe distance from the scene. Within minutes a party of officers from the Arouca Police Station, the Northern Division Task Force, Special Anti-Crime Unit (SAUTT) and Prisons Service arrived and cordoned off both east and west bounds of the highway from the Piarco Boulevard intersection to the Maloney intersection.

A SAUTT helicopter was also despatched to the area and hovered overhead for over an hour.

Fire appliances from the Tunapuna and Arima Fire Stations also quickly responded and were able to extinguish the blaze using several gallons of three percent Aqueous Film Forming Foam. The fire officers then packed up and left at about 10.30 am.

Deeming the highway safe, police officers reopened both lanes of the highway leaving to stand guard one Police officer identified as Sgt Welch of the Arouca Police Station.

However, at about 10.57 am, the burnt out wreckage of the tanker exploded sending onlookers and members of the media scampering to safety.

Some onlookers, risked their lives, and jumped onto the east bound lane of the highway, waving frantically and shouting to motorists to stop. Thick billowing smoke completely covered the highway, again blocking all visibility for several minutes.

At about 11.45 am a fire tender arrived, however, officers had difficulties with the foam and were unable to extinguish the fire. Another tender was called in and on arrival at 12.10 pm, officers extinguished the blaze after 15 minutes. Both lanes of the highway were again re-opened to traffic shortly after 1 pm.

NP Divisional Manager (Production and Distribution) Glen Roberts who was at the scene told members of the media that an investigation into the accident has been "immediately launched". He claimed that he had "no in depth" information.

Source www.newsday.co.tt

CRASH CLOSES ROUTE 225 IN LA PLATA (Maryland)

December 21, 2010 Maryland USA 
Shortly before noon Tuesday, two people were airlifted to an area hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries following a collision between a tanker truck and a van along Route 225, police reported.

According to Maryland State Police Cpl. Joseph K. Swann, the tanker was owned by White Plains-based McConnell Pool and Fuel Service Inc. and the other vehicle was a Dodge.

Tanker off the road in Maryland

Tanker off the road in Maryland

Swann said the reports coming in were that the tanker looked like one that hauls gasoline but he did know for sure what it was carrying at the time of the accident.
A woman who answered the phone at the McConnell headquarters said all of the family members had left to go to the hospital and that there was someone at the accident scene.

She said she did not know more information and that she had only stepped in to help answer phones as a friend.
Swann said Charles County is handling the minor hazardous material spill. Charles County Emergency Services Director Bill Stephens could not be reached for comment.

Source www.somdnews.com

NAME RELEASED OF DRIVER AFTER CAMPBELL COUNTY TANKER CRASH (Tennessee)

December 21, 2010 Knoxville Tennessee.USA
Officials have released the name of the drive killed after a tanker truck overturned on Cotula Road Tuesday morning.

Fatal Tennessee tanker crash

Fatal Tennessee tanker crash

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 51-year-old Timothy Payton of Leitchfield, KY was driving the truck when it travelled off the left side of the road and overturned down a steep embankment.
Payton was not wearing a seat belt.

Source www.wbir.com

TANKER FIRE RAGES ON INTERSTATE 30 IN DALLAS (Texas)

January 8, 2011 Dallas Texas USADallas tanker fire

Witness Jeffrey Liles recorded the inferno that ensued after a truck crashed and burst into flames about 1:30 a.m. Friday.

The freeway was shut down in both directions well into morning rush hour. (Courtesy Video: Jeffrey Liles)

 

Fiery Dallas Texas tanker crash

Fiery Dallas Texas tanker crash

Another view of Dallas tanker fire

Another view of Dallas tanker fire

By 6:30 a.m., the highway's westbound lanes had reopened between Hampton Road and Sylvan Avenue, and by 9:30 all but one eastbound lane had reopened.Tractor-Trailer accident
Hours after the 1:30 am. crash, cleanup crews were sopping up 7,800 gallons of gasoline and about 950 gallons of diesel, some of which spilled into nearby Coombs Creek.

"We don't know exactly how much got into the creek," Dallas-Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said.

The crash was apparently caused when an eastbound white sedan changing lanes struck a second semi, causing it to veer into the tanker. The tanker then crashed into the concrete wall dividing the main lanes from the HOV lane.

The resulting fire spread into the westbound lanes and burned the tanker down to its frame.
Three people were taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center: the 35-year-old man driving the truck and two women in the car. None of their injuries were thought to be life-threatening. The traffic backup stretched for miles during the morning rush hour.

Source www.dallasnews.com

MAN DIES AFTER CAR HITS 2 SEMI-TRUCKS (Oregon)

January 1, 2011 McMinnville, Oregon USAPreparing to salvage tankers in Oregon
One person died and another was seriously injured Wednesday morning when their 2005 Hyundai collided with two semi-trucks on Highway 18 northeast of McMinnville, Oregon State Police troopers said.

The wreck occurred about 3:35 a.m., when the Hyundai crossed the centerline and collided with a semi hauling a tanker trailer in the other direction, Lt. Gregg Hastings said. That semi, a 2009 Freightliner, was driven by Kevin Caulfield, 45, of Newberg.

The Hyundai ended up in the roadway after the wreck, and then was struck by a 2000 Freightliner semitruck driven by Edward Roseria, 64, of Woodburn.

The tanker trailer came to rest on the side of the eastbound lane and caught fire.

The Hyundai and the second semi both ended up in the westbound shoulder ditch.Truck tipped on side of road

Medics transported the Hyundai's adult female driver and adult male passenger by ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville.
The male passenger died after arrival. The female driver was seriously injured. Their names are being withheld pending confirmation of next of kin notification, Hastings said. Both truck drivers were not injured. All four persons involved in the crash were using safety restraints. The highway was closed until about 5 p.m.

Source www.statesmanjournal.com

CAPE MAN ACCUSED OF RAMMING TANKER TRUCK (Massachusetts)

December 26, 2010 Hyannis Cape Cod MA USA—
A 28-year-old local man is facing charges after allegedly slamming into the back of an oil tanker truck twice while trying to go around it at a red light, according to Barnstable police.
Friday night at about 9:15 p.m., Christopher Gay of Hyannis ran into the back of an oil tanker truck stopped at a red light at the intersection of Route 132 and Phinney's Lane, Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald said.

Then, the chief said, Gay backed his vehicle up and rammed the back of the truck again while trying to go around it at the light.
A witness followed Gay after he drove away and called the Barnstable Police Department. Officers caught up with Gay near his home on Buckwood Drive off Route 28, MacDonald said. Gay will be summonsed to court on charges of leaving the scene of property damage, operating to endanger and failure to stop at a red light, according to MacDonald.

The tanker contained about 11,000 gallons of fuel at the time of the crash, MacDonald said. "Fortunately, (the crash) didn't rupture the lines," the police chief said. "Otherwise, it would have been a major spill."

Source www.capecodonline.com

3 KILLED AS CAR THAT IGNORED POLICE ORDER TO STOP CRASHES INTO TANKER TRUCK (Japan)

January 9, 2010 OSAKA (Kyodo) Japan –
Three men in a passenger car, which ignored an order by police to stop, died after colliding with a tanker truck Sunday morning in Osaka, according to local police.
The three were confirmed dead at the accident scene, while the 43-year-old driver of the tanker was not injured, the police said.

Several minutes before the crash, a police patrol car had told the passenger car to stop as the car was snaking its way along a road about 1 kilometer from the accident site. Police began chasing the car when it failed to stop, they said.
The car kept running red lights until colliding with the tanker truck, they said. A police official said, "It is regrettable that they died, but we believe at this point that the chase was appropriate.

Source www. http://mdn.mainichi.jp

SOUTH I-75 IN BUTLER COUNTY REOPENS AFTER CRASH (Cincinnati)

January 11, 2011 Butler County, Cincinnati USA

I-75 South in Butler County has reopened after a car, swerving to avoid a cardboard box, caused a crash that dumped a tanker-trailer on its side. Some 2,000 gallons of fuel has spilled out of the tanker.

Fire crews hose foam on tanker

Fire crews hose foam on tanker

Officials say the crash, which happened just after 10 a.m., blocked all lanes of south I-75 at State Route 129. Traffic was diverted from the highway for five hours.
Crews at work on Butler County fuel spill
Our partners at the Journal News says a car swerved to avoid a box on the highway. The tanker swerved to avoid the car. Both drivers were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

More than 100 firefighters and two hazmat units were on the scene assisting in the cleanup. The interstate reopened around 3:15 pm.

Source www.local12.com

DENTAL RECORDS TO ID 2 KILLED IN FIERY CRASH. SR 528 OVERPASS FACES MONTH LONG CLOSURE AFTER FUEL TANKER, TRUCK COLLIDE (Florida)

January 22, 2011 Beachline Florida USA
A traffic collision and the resulting explosion of a 2,000-gallon fuel tanker killed two drivers Friday and caused such severe burns to a Beachline overpass that it might be closed for a month and rebuilt.

At 3:30 p.m., 30-foot flames curled from the wreck between the tanker and a pickup on State Road 528 above North Courtenay Parkway.

An hourlong barrage of heat seared concrete off beams supporting the eastbound side of the overpass, exposing and charring the rebar that bolsters them.

Steve Olson, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation, said state engineers would work this weekend with private contractors, who will submit bids for repairs to both the eastbound and westbound sides of the Beachline.

The around-the-clock project is anticipated to take 30 to 35 days, with the overpass closed throughout that period. It's an undertaking of a magnitude that the state hasn't seen in years. Money for it will be drawn from an emergency fund.

"It's going to be a bit of an inconvenience, especially for the space center, but it's an emergency situation," Olson said. "The engineers were tapping on the bridge, and you could see the concrete falling off. It was almost like snow."

"The bridge is so badly damaged," said Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol. "Whenever a structure is burned like that, it could be compromised. Nobody will be allowed to travel under the bridge. We just want to make sure it's safe for drivers to be on it and under it."

The Beachline was closed for more than two hours between U.S. 1 and North Banana River Drive. North Courtenay Parkway also was shut down, curbing activity at businesses like the Remix nightclub, a matter of 200 yards from the explosion.
Its owner, Mark Smith, was getting ready for a busy Friday night when he heard the initial explosion.
"It rocked the place," the club owner said. "Everyone froze, but I dropped what I was doing, scaled the fence and ran up to the road. I wanted to save someone."

That's when a friend yelled for him stop: Fuel was trickling from the top of the overpass and flowing down the concrete embankment.

"I just stopped and stood there," said Smith, whose version helped FHP troopers determine the sequence of events. "Then there was a second explosion. It was so hot, I couldn't go farther. I've never come that close to death."

Traffic homicide investigators determined that a Ford F-150 was westbound in the right lane of the Beachline, just east of the overpass, when it sideswiped a trailer that the tanker was hauling. The tanker was not a tractor-trailer truck, and it's unknown whether the trailer also contained fuel.

The pickup began tumbling and at some point caught fire. Its motion slowed, and it rolled gradually through a 25-foot opening between the westbound and eastbound lanes. It stopped on the sloped concrete embankment.

The truck busted through a concrete barrier, flew over the median and crashed in the eastbound lanes. Its trailer disconnected and fell onto the parkway below. All of it caught fire, spewing burning fuel onto half the overpass and onto the parkway below. The fuel type was not immediately known.

Crews from Brevard County Fire-Rescue said nearly all the fuel burned before firefighters extinguished the flames an hour later. Two fire engines from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, specially equipped with flame-retardant foam for aviation crashes, were crucial to that end.
"The fire was extremely intense," Fire-Rescue Chief Larry Collins said. "I can't even begin to tell you how intense it was. I don't even want to estimate the temperature of it. There was an unbelievable fireball and rumble."

The company that owned the tanker was identified only as Pipeline. The badly burned driver inside it and the pickup's sole occupant were tentatively identified, but their names would not be confirmed until dental records were matched.
"We don't think the fire happened at impact," Montes said. "But the only thing left of the tanker was the frame. And you couldn't really tell there was a pickup there."

Friday's wreck was the second crash this year that claimed the lives of more than one person. The first, on Jan. 5, killed a Palm Bay couple as their sedan was crushed and dragged 760 feet underneath a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95. And on Friday alone, four people died in traffic crashes countywide.
The Merritt Island wreck happened on a rainy Friday, but slick roadways were discounted as a factor. Troopers said the other motorists were fortunate to have been far from the collision.

Robin Pankuch of Merritt Island was commuting home from work at Cancer Care Centers of Brevard. She had just traveled underneath the overpass and was the last vehicle through as the truck exploded overhead.
"I was literally the last car to get out," she said. "The flames hit the back of my car. I have oil all over it. But, dear God, 30 seconds earlier, I would have been dead." Pankuch immediately pulled to the side of the parkway. She sat there in shock.

Source www.floridatoday.com
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