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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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July 2011

PAUL PULVER of RON FINEMORE TRANSPORT iS THE NEW CROIERG CHAIRMAN

At the CROIERG Committee Meeting held in Yass on June 15th Paul Pulver, Asset Manager, of Ron Finemore Transport was elected Chairman of CROIERG to replace Colin Broom of Caltex who has resigned from the oil industry to accept a new position in the food and beverage sector.

Paul is a very practical, hands-on person who brings many years of road transport experience to the group. Congratulations Paul!

CROIERG AGM TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH IN YASS NSW

The CROIERG Year 2011 Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled to be held on Wednesday September 14, 2011 at the Swaggers Motor Inn Conference Room, Laidlaw Street, Yass NSW

Members will be notified officially by mail.

Please diarise this date.

EMERGENCY RESPONDER TRAINING COURSES

Dates for the next Emergency Responder Training Courses to be held at the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) Sutton Road, Canberra Training Complex are.

Stage 1 Course. (Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response)

  • August 3rd to 5th
  • August 17th to 19th (This Course is potentially fully booked)

Stage 2 Course (Course in Dangerous Goods Road Transport Emergency Recovery Operations)

  • October 17th to 19th

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EXCHANGE OF MEMBERSHIPS - CROIEG & NBTA

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At the CROIERG Committee Meeting is was agreed that CROIERG and the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA) enter into an agreement for an "exchange of memberships" to foster open communication and ideas sharing with the objective of improving the response capability of both organisations.

ROAD TANKER EMERGENCY RESPONSE SEMINAR to be HELD IN MELBOURNE ON SEPTEMBER 8TH at MELBOURNE PARK

Following the success of last years seminar the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA) will gain be holding their Road Tanker Emergency Response Seminar at the Melbourne Park venue.

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

CROIERG will be one of many industry sponsors for this important safety seminar.

Enquiries to:

Rob Perkins, CEO NBTA,

PO Box 2322, Hawthorn, Vic, 3122

‘Phone: 0411 402 832

OOFERS TO MEET AT ACAPMA CONFERENCE IN TOWNSVILLE ON SEPTEMBER 20-23

The ACAPMA Conference, in Townsville Qld on 20-23 September 2011, will play host to the 2011 meeting of the Old Oilies Federation (The OOFERS).

As the name suggests, the OOFERS are a social group of passionate people from the industry that come together to network, catch-up and discuss the latest developments .

OOFERS will be able to purchase tickets to the Luncheon separate from the Conference. All OOFERS are also invited to stay and participate in the full ACAPMA Conference, where they will have access to a wealth of information on the industry, access to suppliers, 5 star events and networking with the industry.

WHO MAKES ALL THE CARS IN THE WORLD?

CROIERG members transport millions and millions of litres of fuel to provide the motor vehicles of the world with the power they need to turn the wheels etc.

Who makes the cars? Ed

International Car Production - YEAR 2010 (Provisional figures)

Rank

Country

Number

%

1

China

13,900,000

26.33%

2

Japan

8,310,000

15.74%

3

Germany

5,550,000

10.51%

4

South Korea

3,870,000

7.33%

5

Brazil

2,830,000

5.36%

6

India

2,810,000

5.32%

7

United States

2,730,000

5.17%

8

France

1,920,000

3.64%

9

Spain

1,910,000

3.62%

10

Mexico

1,390,000

2.63%

11

Iran

1,370,000

2.60%

12

United Kingdom

1,270,000

2.41%

13

Russia

1,210,000

2.29%

14

Czech Republic

1,070,000

2.03%

15

Canada

968,860

1.84%

16

Turkey

603,394

1.14%

17

Italy

573,169

1.09%

18

South Africa

295,394

0.56%

19

Australia

205,334

0.39%

 

TOTAL WORLDWIDE

52,786,151

100%

Source Organisation of Motor Vehicles Manufacturers

ROUTE 1 CLOSED AS FUEL TRUCK TIPS INTO A FIELD (Michigan)

May 28, 2011 Warren, Michigan. USA

A fuel truck filled with No. 2 oil went off Route 1 in Warren and came to rest on its side in a swampy field Friday evening, May 27, forcing closure of a section of the highway while the oil was pumped from the tank.

No one was injured in the accident, and the driver of the Maritime Energy truck is being credited with using common sense and preventing a more serious accident.

Tanker in field near Warren

Tanker in field near Warren

Wrecked tanker

Wrecked tanker

Working in overturned tanker

Working in overturned tanker

The road is expected to be closed until approximately 10 p.m. while the tanker is pumped. As of 7 p.m., the oil was being transferred to another tanker truck and there was no spillage of the fuel.

The accident occurred one mile south of the intersection of routes 1 and 97. Southbound traffic was being rerouted at the Oyster River Road in Thomaston while northbound traffic was being rerouted at the intersection of Route 90.

Warren's Fire Department responded to the accident, as well as Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies and Maine State Police. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Susan Ware, vice president of Maritime Energy, was at the scene and reported that the truck's driver was heading north along Route 1 when traffic slowed behind a car turning left onto a side road. A line of traffic backed up quickly and the truck's driver, in an attempt to avoid collisions, steered the truck off to the right and into a field. Initially, the truck remained upright, but because the field was so wet, it settled into the muck and then rolled onto its side.

Source http://knox.villagesoup.com/news/story/route-1-closed-as-fuel-truck-tips-into-a-field/403352

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GIBRALTAR FUEL DEPOT BLAST HURTS 12 CRUISE PASSENGERS

Storage tank fire in Gibraltar

Storage tank fire in Gibralta

Gibraltar fire and huge cruise ship

Gibraltar fire and huge cruise ship

Twelve cruise ship passengers have been injured in an explosion and fire at the port of the British territory of Gibraltar, its government says. The guests, who received minor injuries, were treated on board the Independence of the Seas, the cruise company Royal Caribbean said.

The blast took place at the territory's main fuel storage facility on the northern part of the harbour. Police are investigating the cause of the incident.

The explosion sent flames several metres high into the air and dense black smoke billowing across the port. Police said the lid of a fuel tank was blown off.

Two Spanish welders working on the tank were injured, including one who was in critical condition in a burns unit at a hospital, Radio Gibraltar said.

The Independence of the Seas was moored close by, and was forced to pull out to sea for safety, according to its owners. Police are still investigating the cause of the blast

Eleven passengers were slightly injured, while another suffered a fractured arm, the Gibraltar government said. The ship arrived in Gibraltar Tuesday morning while on a 14-night itinerary that departed from Southampton on Saturday.

Gibraltar's Chief Minister Peter Caruana the blast was probably caused by a spark from welding operations, although police were not ruling out any possibility. He described it as a serious incident but said there was "no cause for concern".

"Once it was established that there were welding operations going on, on top of the very tank at the time it exploded, [that] makes that a frontrunner for a likely explanation, but all possibilities are being kept open," he told Radio Gibraltar.

The fire at the depot continued late into Tuesday night, with Radio Gibraltar reporting more explosions were heard. Police said the possibility of adjacent tanks overheating and exploding could not be ruled out.

Gibraltar is a 6.5 sq km (2.6 sq mile) British territory of around 30,000 people on the tip of southern Spain.

Source www.bbc.co.uk

TANKER TRUCK DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER LEADING POLICE ON CHASE FROM OWASSO TO DOWNTOWN TULSA (Oklahoma)

May 23, 2011 Tulsa, Oklahoma USA

A tanker truck was stopped outside Tulsa City Hall following a police chase than began in Owasso at about 12:45 Saturday afternoon.

Sergeant Mike Barnes of the Owasso Police Department said the suspect, Rocky Nail, 47, of Broken Arrow, ran a red light in Owasso and refused to pull over for police. The chase went down U.S. Highway 169 and then onto the Broken Arrow Expressway westbound. Police say Nail made it all the way to downtown Tulsa where troopers managed to shoot out the tires, slowing the tanker.

Tulsa resident Matt Moore followed the tanker after spotting the police chase at 86th Street North on southbound Highway 169.

"We saw the truck go by with an Owasso police car following it then five more joined in," he said.

Moore followed the truck to 46th Street North where he saw the driver pull off the highway, drive through a ditch and onto the access road. The driver ran a roadblock at 36th Street North, went back through the ditch and got back on the Highway 169, Moore said.

"We were in front of him trying to slow him down, but he ended up going around us," Moore said.

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CARNAGE ON ROADS (NSW)

Extract from the Narromine News reporting on several road crashes

June 17, 2011 Narromine NSW

A man has received serious leg injuries after being trapped in wreckage following a collision on the Newell Highway about two kilometres north of Peak Hill yesterday morning.

Rigid tanker clipped by B-Double

Rigid tanker clipped by B-Double

At about 7.15am a number of vehicles were stationary on the highway at a controlled road works site.

A B-double truck was approaching the stationary vehicles and attempted to take evasive action by swerving and clipping the corner of a stationary heavy rigid tanker.

The B-double truck eventually came to a stop in bushland after colliding with a tree.

The 30-year-old driver sustained minor injuries and was able to free himself from the wreckage.

His passenger, a 48-year-old man, was trapped for several hours until emergency personnel were able to release him.

He was airlifted to Dubbo Base Hospital by helicopter with fractures to both legs and remains in a stable condition.

The driver of the tanker suffered a fractured arm and was taken to Dubbo Base Hospital. Several other cars were involved with the occupants receiving minor injuries.

As a result of the incident the Newell Highway was closed and remained affected until late in the afternoon when the salvage operation was conducted.

Source http://www.narrominenewsonline.com.au/news/local/news/general/carnage-on-our-roads/2198653.aspx

OIL TANKER DERAILMENT CAUSES MASSIVE SPILL IN SIBERIA

May 29, 2011 Moscow

A cargo train derailment in eastern Siberia has resulted in a major fuel oil spill from a tanker, Russian emergencies services said on Saturday.

The locomotive and 22 oil tanker carriages, including 14 tankers with fuel oil, derailed in the Irkutsk Region on Friday night, the emergencies services said.

Siberia rail lines

Siberia rail lines

"The oil product spilled from a tanker of 5-6 cubic meters on an area of 800 square meters," the Russian Emergencies Ministry said.

The chief spokesman for the East Siberian Railway, Yevgeny Khokhryakov, said earlier that the train was not carrying any dangerous cargo and that no spill had taken place.

Railway workers have raised carriages and have started to restore the damaged tracks, the Russian Railways monopoly said on Saturday. At least ten passenger trains have been delayed due to the accident.

Source en.rian.ru

BURPENGARY WOMAN DIES AFTER D'AGUILAR HWY SMASH (QLD)

June 1, 2011 Bracalba, Queensland Warning sign on D'Aguilar Highway

A 59-year-old Burpengary woman died after a serious accident on the D'Aguilar Highway yesterday morning.

The incident happened just after 7am, outside the Bracalba Quarry.

The woman was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a critical condition after the car she was driving collided with a fuel tanker carrying 12,000 litres of fuel.
She died in hospital late on Tuesday.

Senior Sergeant Greg Price of the Moreton Bay Forensic Crash Unit said preliminary investigations indicated that the car had attempted to perform a U-turn in front of the fuel tanker, resulting in a collision.

The D'Aguilar Highway was closed for about three hours while investigations were carried out at the scene of the accident. The driver of the fuel tanker was not injured in the crash.

Source http://caboolture-shire-herald.whereilive.com.au

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POLICE PLEA OVER KILLER HIGHWAY

This is the same story as with the Barton Highway (Yass to Canberra) where the editor lives. Promise after promise after promise and ever increasing traffic volumes.

June 2, 2011 Brisbane Qld

Police have once again appealed for motorists to take care on the D'Aguilar Hwy after the death of a 59-year-old Burpengary woman on Tuesday. It is the second fatal accident on the notorious road this year after the death of former Caboolture Golf Club secretary manager Brett Gablonski in January.

It follows a horror decade on the stretch of road between Caboolture and Kilcoy, which included six deaths between 2004 and 2007.

Caboolture police Officer in Charge, Senior Sergeant Pat O'Loughlin, who was at the scene on Tuesday, said: "It was a tragedy, there's nothing much else to say."

The incident happened just after 7am, outside the Bracalba Quarry. The woman was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a critical condition after the car she was driving collided with a tanker carrying 12,000 litres of fuel. She died in hospital late on Tuesday.

It has prompted State Member for Glasshouse Andrew Powell to again call for funding to upgrade the road, which was first touted in early 2010 when the Queensland Government submitted an application under the federal Black Spot Program. "In short, it seems that funding to fix the D'Aguilar Highway under the Black Spot Funding Program has disappeared into a federal government black hole," he said.

"We have received no word from the federal or state government on the status of our submission despite countless requests. "How many tragedies is it going to take to get an answer out of them?"

Senior Sergeant Greg Price, of the Moreton Bay Forensic Crash Unit, said preliminary investigations into Tuesday's fatality indicated that the car had attempted to perform a U-turn in front of the fuel tanker.

The highway was closed for about three hours while investigations were carried out at the scene of the accident. The driver of the fuel tanker was not injured in the crash.

Source http://northern-times.whereilive.com.au/news/

TANKER ROLLOVER LEAVES ONE IN CRITICAL CONDITION (Canada)

June 1, 2011 Peace, Alberta Canada

One man is in critical condition following a vehicle rollover last week.

On Tuesday May 24 at approximately 8:10 a.m. Peace Regional RCMP received a report of a single motor vehicle collision involving an oil tanker near the intersection of Township Road 822 and Range Road 190. Upon arrival RCMP found an oil tanker on its side.

The vehicle was travelling west on Township Road 822 and entered the ditch almost 300 metres before the intersection.

According to the RCMP the driver sustained serious injuries and was removed from the cab using the Jaws of Life.

The driver was airlifted to the University of Alberta hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

The rolled tanker maintained its structural integrity and a minimal amount of oil had leaked in the ditch.

The cleanup efforts followed laws in conjunction with Alberta Environment as well as an investigation in to the collision.

Source http://www.prrecordgazette.com

TWO DRIVERS DIE IN FIREBALL AFTER PETROL TANKERS COLLIDE (UK)

June 3, 2011 Wales UK

Two people have died after a major explosion at an oil refinery in Wales, it was reported last night.

It is understood that two petrol tankers collided inside the refinery, killing both the drivers.

Fire crews were called to the blaze at Pembroke Dock, shortly before 6:30pm.

A spokeswoman for Mid and West Wales Fire Service said ten fire engines from across the area were sent to the scene.
She said that the fire had completely destroyed a tank, and that there had been an explosion and damage to an adjacent tank.

Crews initially extinguished the blaze, but then set about cooling the plant to prevent any further explosions.

Refinery fire in Wales

Refinery fire in Wales

Three ambulances and the Welsh air ambulance were also sent to the site, which specialises in processing lower quality crude oil.

Following the explosion, a pall of black smoke could be seen rising above the sprawling refinery complex. Reports said that witnesses had seen a fireball and smoke at the refinery.

Phil Horne was in his back garden in Milford Haven, on the opposite side of the waterway, at the time of the incident. "I heard a large explosion, turned around and saw a large fireball disappearing into the sky," he said. "It went about halfway up the chimney stack of the refinery."

Marcus Lutwyche, owner of a shop in the village of Angle, said: "I ran to the front and saw a huge plume of smoke. It was black and filled the sky. It must have been 50 or so metres wide." His wife Joanne Lutwyche, said: "It is incredible - we are concerned that a couple of people have been killed.

"Quite a few people in the village work at Chevron and would have been changing shifts when the explosion happened, so everyone's really concerned for who might be involved. "The last time something like this happened must have been about 17 years ago."

Source www.scotsman.com, Photo from BBC

TANKER TRUCK ROLLOVER, GAS SPILLED ON ROUTE 11 (Maine)

June 1, 2011 Wallagrass Maine USA

Clean up efforts continue in Aroostook County where a huge gas spill happened Tuesday afternoon.
State environmental officials say a truck hauling fuel rolled over, spilling between 4,000 and 5,000 gallons of gas. It happened on Route 11 in Wallagrass.

Foam is being used to control possible explosive vapours from the spill. We're being told that most of the gasoline made it into the bedrock along the road and as a result, may have seeped into the groundwater. Nearby homeowners have been notified.

Fire fighters, State Police, the Aroostook County Sheriff's Department, volunteer emergency crews and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection are all on the scene. It's being called a "serious situation."

The truck is owned by John T. Noble Trucking Company out of Caribou. It was hauling gasoline for the Daigle Oil Company in Fort Kent.

Source http://www.wabi.tv/news

MOTORCYCLIST RESCUED FROM UNDER SEMI-TANKER AFTER CRASH (Canada)

A motorcyclist had to be rescued from beneath a semi-trailer truck after a collision west of Rimbey on Thursday evening.

A 22-year-old man was in stable condition when transported by air ambulance to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.

The tanker left the road and entered the ditch, trapping the injured male motorcyclist under the front end of the truck.

Rescuers work on motor cyclist

Rescuers work on motor cyclist

Rimbey fire John Weisgerber said the motorcyclist was carefully pulled from the crash site without the assistance of the Jaws of Life. Both vehicles were westbound at the time of the accident.

At 5:30 p.m. Rimbey RCMP and Rimbey Emergency Services were called to a scene on Hwy 53 about four km west of Rimbey.

The motorcyclist was taken by ambulance to Rimbey hospital with unknown injuries and later airlifted by STARS to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.

To view a video of this incident.

TANKER OVERTURNS IN ATHI RIVER (Kenya)

May 29, 2011 (KENYA)

A tanker ferrying fuel from Mombasa to Nairobi has overturned near the Kenya meat commission factory in Athi River.

The driver of the tanker is reported to have lost control.

No injuries have been reported. As has been with the norm, residents rushed to the area to collect the fuel despite the risk they expose themselves themselves to.

A couple of years ago, scores of people died at Sachang'wan after it exploded while they scooping spilt petrol from an overturned tanker.

Source www.allafrica.com

TANKER-CAR MISHAP FOULS TRAFFIC IN TANNERSVILLE (Pennsylvania)

Tannersville, June 04, 2011 Pennsylvania Car wedged into tanker at Tannersville

A crash involving a Honda Civic and a tanker hauling 9,000 gallons of petroleum slowed traffic on Route 611 in Tannersville on Friday.

The incident occurred at the Turkey Hill gas station near The Crossings Premium Outlets around 1:36 p.m. The two collided when the truck was making a wide right turn into the station's parking lot.

The Civic's driver, Joaquin Noda, 23, of Tannersville, said the truck wasn't moving when he turned off Route 611 into the gas station. "It was just sitting there," he said. "I thought I was clear to go" Noda said that the truck started moving as he continued forward.

His Civic became wedged under the truck, sustaining moderate damage.

Noda and his two passengers escaped without injury. The truck's driver declined comment.

Workers from Schlier's Towing helped free the car, using a mechanical winch to move the tanker. Pocono Township Fire Company sprayed foam to prevent accidental ignition of the truck's flammable contents.

Source www.poconorecord.com

AUBERLE CLIENTS GETTING A JUMP ON A GOOD JOB (Pennsylvania)

June 2, 2011 McKeesport, PA USAStudents in PPE

The trio donned yellow suits designed to protect them from hazardous materials. Their heads were covered by masks, their hands were hidden by green rubber gloves, and their feet were obscured by yellow boots. None of their skin was exposed.

But the three teens who circled the detached tanker of a truck on the McKeesport High School parking lot weren't in danger.

They were participating in a simulated tanker-truck spill. The drill was part of their training to receive certification in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's hazardous waste operations and emergency response standard, known as HAZWOPER.

The teens are clients at Auberle, a McKeesport-based agency that provides social services to at-risk youth and families. Founded in 1952, Auberle has six sites serving eight counties. The nonprofit assisted more than 2,400 clients last year through its programs, including in-home intervention, residential services, foster care services, educational support and drug and alcohol treatment.

Auberle offers the HAZWOPER class through a partnership with Weavertown Environmental Group, a Carnegie-based company. "It's an opportunity for at-risk youth to move to the front of the employment line," said Anne Schultheis, Auberle development associate, of the training.

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RUN-AWAY TANKER TRUCK ROLLS ONTO INTERSTATE-26 (Tennessee)

June 3, 2011 Johnson City, Tennessee USA

A tanker truck parked at a Johnson City motel rolled down a hill, taking down a fence, crossing two interstate ramps and damaging a guard rail before coming to rest beneath the Interstate-26 underpass.

Police told the Johnson City Press no one was injured in the incident, which happened Wednesday night at about 10 p.m.

Police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are investigating what caused the run-away truck to take off from the back lot of the Volunteer Lodge.

Source www.volunteertv.com

VEHICLE CRASH AFTER CHASE: JUST MISSES LOADED GASOLINE TANKER (GEORGIA)

June 5, 2011 Whigham Georgia USA

A man fleeing from Grady County Deputies reached speeds of over 100 mph until he came upon spike strips set out by Decatur County Deputies on Saturday afternoon.

Whigham Police were on a traffic stop when a silver Ford Taurus flew by, ignoring the Georgia Move Over Law and almost striking the officer on the stop. Grady County Deputies took off after him and lit him up. James Wright, the driver, pulled over and then took off heading for Decatur County on Highway 84. We can only assume that he thought if he made it into Decatur County, Grady deputies would stop their pursuit.

But, as Grady County Sheriff Harry Young stated, "He almost hit the officer and so that's why we were going to get him to stop, one way or another." Grady Deputies reported that James Wright was hitting speeds over 100 mph as he fled. Coming into Decatur County, our Sheriff's Deputies, GSP and Bainbridge Public Safety all responded to the area.

Georgia driver being taken to hospital

Georgia driver being taken to hospital

Decatur County Sheriff's Captain Justin Bidwell and Deputy Nick Godwin set up with their spike strips on Highway 84, in the area of the junk yard. When Wright saw them, he attempted to miss them by leaving the roadway. One front tire hit the strips and he jerked his car back onto the highway. At that point, James Wright lost control and skidded sideways across the west bound lanes, through the median and across the east bound lanes.

The only luck Wright had on this day was that, as he skidded across the opposing lanes of traffic, he missed hitting a loaded gasoline tanker truck by less than a couple of feet.

When his vehicle hit the other side of the highway, the car began to tumble, flipping several times, and came to rest some 100 yards later.

Read more and watch a video.

'HUGE' FIRE AT KINGSNORTH WASTE OIL DEPOT (UK)

 

June 3, 2010 Kingsnorth, Kent UK

More than 60 firefighters have spent the night tackling a major blaze at a waste oil depot near Kingsnorth power station in Kent.One eyewitness described the fire at Eco-Oil Ltd at the Kingsnorth Industrial Estate at Hood as "huge".

Kent Fire and Rescue Service managed to contain burning oil which spread on to adjacent land cleared for development.

Firefighters said the blaze started at about 2300 BST and was finally brought under control at around 0545 BST.

The fire started in two road tankers before spreading to plastic and steel drum oil containers. No casualties have been reported.

At least 10 fire crews from around the county were tackling the fire, with extra foam units brought in from London and Essex.

"We had fuel that was flowing from the site and this posed a significant threat."

Graham Gash, area manager from Kent Fire and Rescue said: "Crews have done a great job in fighting this serious fire and successfully managing to prevent it spreading further and damaging nearby buildings

Read more and view a video.

OVERTURNED TANKER SPILLS FUEL, SHUTS DOWN RT. 896 (Delaware)

 

June 5, 2011 Newark, Delaware. USA

Tanker rollover in Delaware

Tanker rollover in Delaware

Delaware State Police are investigating an accident that shut own Route 896 in Newark.

The accident happened at 10:30 Sunday morning when a tanker truck overturned on the Southbound I-95 off ramp to Southbound Route 896. It appears the driver misjudged the ramp when the accident occurred.

The driver, identified as Percy Green, 58, of Willingboro, New Jersey, was able to climb out of the truck on his own and was evaluated on scene by medics but refused further treatment. According to police, Green appeared to be traveling at an unsafe speed prior to the crash and has been cited.

Source www.abclocal.go.com

TANKER CRASH SPARKS WET WEATHER WARNING (Victoria)

 

June 22, 2011 Warrnambool Victoria

Gas tanker rollover in Victoria

Gas tanker rollover in Victoria

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has issued a plea to motorists to consider their safety in wet and icy weather.

A gas tanker jackknifed and overturned between Cobden and Simpson in south-west Victoria yesterday morning.

The CFA Corangamite region operations manager, Malcolm Fallon, says the driver was lucky to receive only minor injuries.

He says drivers need to be aware of road conditions year-round.

"I think at any time there's that possibility, that ... people need to be vigilant the whole time, situational awareness," he said.

"We talk about that in summer and understand what the weather is around you when it's hot and ... what might be happening and signs of smoke, I think winter time the same messages are there."

Source abc.net.au/news

PANIC WATER BUYING PERSISTS IN E CHINA AFTER TANKER SPILL (China)

June 8, 2011 HANGZHOU CHINA

A water-buying panic triggered by a chemical spill into a river in East China's Zhejiang province continued Tuesday despite assurances from local authorities that drinking water sources were safe.

A tanker truck overturned Saturday night on a highway near the Xin'an River, a major source of drinking water for the province, resulting in the spillage of the truck's load of carbolic acid, an industrial chemical used to create plastic and other materials.

About 20 tons of chemical was washed into the river by heavy rains.

The accident led five water utility companies to stop drawing water from the river, affecting 552,200 residents in two county-level suburban cities in the provincial capital of Hangzhou.

A round of panicked water buying swept the affected regions and also downtown Hangzhou on Monday. Anxious people rushed to stores and stripped the shelves of bottled water after the local government issued several notices to ask residents to store some water for daily usage.

The provincial environmental protection bureau announced in a statement Monday afternoon that the water was safe and the five water utility companies would restart taking water from the river, yet the hoarding of bottled water remains prevalent.

People lined up at the Xicheng store of the Wumart supermarket in Hangzhou Tuesday morning, wanting to buy bottled water. Customer service manager Zhang Zhijun said the store sold out more than 500 boxes of bottled water by 3 pm -- that sale of that amount would normally take 12 days.

"We are making emergency orders to the producers. We will buy as much as possible because all the stores are vying to buy water," Zhang added.

The river's concentration of carbolic acid has been dropping continuously because of discharges of water in the upper reaches of the river, which have diluted the chemical, local authorities said.

However, the concentration of carbolic acid at the accident site was still over 50 times higher than the safe drinking level, a sample showed Tuesday afternoon.

Yang Jianhua, an expert with Zhejiang Academy of Social Sciences said, should the local government have educated local residents on necessary knowledge about the chemicals shortly after the accident, there might not be such a widespread panic purchases.

Source www.chinadaily.com.cn

FATAL CRASH BLOCKS SOUTHWEST FREEWAY (Texas)

 

June 7, 2011 Sugar Land Texas USA Tanker rollover at Sugar Land Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation has issued a statement saying the outbound main lanes of the Southwest Freeway will be closed into rush hour following a fatal tanker truck crash and fuel spill that took place late Tuesday morning.

Police closed the freeway to all southbound traffic at Grand Parkway. As of 2 p.m., cars were backed up to University Blvd. It's anticipated the back-up will get worse as the afternoon rush hour approaches.

Aerial views from SkyFox indicate the roadway is saturated with spilled fuel. Some of the fuel also spilled to a frontage road below.

According to the Sugar Land Police Department, the truck's driver died in the crash. The side of the tanker's cab indicated the truck is operated by the Oil Patch Company out of Angleton.

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SEMI ROLLS OVER ON BURDICK (North Dakota)

June 8, 2011 Minot, North Dakota USA

A portion of East Burdick Expressway was temporarily shut down Tuesday afternoon after a tanker carrying flammable products rolled over.

Overturned tanker in ditch

Overturned tanker in ditch

Todd Mattison, 47, of Warren, Minn., was negotiating a turn onto the frontage road along the 4100 block of East Burdick Expressway when the rear tires of his tanker sunk into the ditch, causing the tanker to roll over, a media release from the Minot Police Department stated.

All liquids being carried in the tanker were contained to the tanker and later transferred to another tanker without spillage.

As a precaution, several residents in the immediate area were evacuated. Mattison, who was not injured in the accident, was cited for care required.

Source www.minotdailynews.com

TRUCKIE DIES IN HUME HIGHWAY CRASH (NSW)

June 17, 2011 Goulburn NSW

An Albury man has been killed in a truck crash this morning in the New South Wales Southern Highlands. Police say about 2:40am (AEST), a tipper truck collided with the rear of a diesel tanker on the Hume Highway at Sutton Forest.

Acting Inspector Laurie Dodkins from the Goulburn police command says the other driver was not injured.

"The driver that has run into the back of the vehicle is deceased, died at the scene," he said.

"The driver of the other vehicle has been taken to hospital for blood and urine testing, he is not injured.

Source http://www.abc.net.au/

CLEAN UP UNDERWAY AFTER TOXIC OIL SPILT INTO RIVER (NZ)

June 23, 2011 Waikato New ZealandTanker tipped on side near Awakino Gorge in NZ

Sucker trucks are working to extract oil from the Awakino River in the Waikato.

Twenty four thousand litres of oil spilled into the river yesterday after a truck crashed in the Awakino Gorge.

The truck driver escaped with only minor head injuries

The trucking company and nine council staff are at the scene trying to contain the oil, and an incident control room has been set up in Hamilton.

There's an oil slick about a metre wide near the Awakino boat ramp, which is close to the river mouth.

A floating boom has been put in place there - that will help prevent oil running into the sea, and allow it to be sucked out of the river using trucks with hoses.

Environment Waikato's Stephen Ward said staff are assessing where else in the river the oil is. He said oil has been seen on some of the banks and staff now have to see how practical it is get it out of the river from those points.

Council spokesman Chris McLay says the spill has clear potential to hurt aquatic and marine life and pollute river banks and the coast. "So we're assessing the situation to see how much oil is still in the river and its impacts. We'll be working hard to try and get any remaining oil out of the river if at all possible."

McLay urged people to stay away from the river while staff worked to manage the situation.

"We'd also advise people to stay away from the oil if they come across any on land. If they discover distressed animal or bird life they should advise the Department of Conservation."

McLay said another reason to keep away from the river area at the moment was that rain was forecast and this could cause water levels to rise rapidly.

Source www.tvnz.co.nz

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