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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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CROIERG TRAILERS
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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March 2011

CROIERG COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON MARCH 9TH IN CANBERRA

The CROIERG Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday March 9th at the TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre) Training Complex, Sutton Road, Canberra

There is a full agenda with special mention being finalisation of details and equipment for the Stage 2 Training Course and confirmation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CROIERG, the NBTA (National Bulk Tanker Association, TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre and AFAC (Australasian Fire Authorities Council

CROIERG TRAINING COURSE FAMILIARISATION DAY HELD AT TISC ON February 14th

 

The Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) held a Familiarisation Day at their Sutton Road, Canberra, complex on February 14th for potential trainers for the Stage 2 Project.

Further days are scheduled for March 7th and 8th with hands-on equipment being utilised

TRANSPACIFC SOLUTIONS MAKES SPECIALISED EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE FOR STAGE 2 TRAINING COURSE

CROIERG member TransPacifc Solutions (A division of TransPacific Industries) has, through National Manager Gary Davoren, made a wide range of emergency response equipment available for use by students in the practical; areas of the Stage 2 CROIERG Training Course.

This equipment will be put to good use in ensuring that those doing the course have effective hands-on gear and appropriate person protective equipment (PPE) for use in the practical exercise components

CROIERG really appreciates this splendid co-operation by TransPacific Solutions.

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BRISBANE EMERGENCY RESPONSE EXERCISE

A successful emergency response exercise was held in Brisbane Qld in January. The exercise was organised by Paul Brown Regional Logistics Coordinator – Queensland for Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd.

Paul is based at the Caltex Lytton Terminal

Participating companies included CROIERG members: Caltex Australia Petroleum, Linfox, TransPacific Solutions and ISS First Response.

SCENARIO:

A Linfox Road Tanker has just made an initial delivery at a new service station and pulled clear to allow a Caltex road tanker to drop the second load.

The Caltex driver has gone to notify the CSA (the console operator) of his arrival on site when a car appears on the forecourt.

The car collides with the tanker coming to rest underneath the API valving

Due to the impact the manifold is damaged and there is a significant loss of diesel in the area which has gone to ground.

The Tanker driver is unharmed apart from being shaken and is able to assist in the response

The car driver is not injured and able to alight from the vehicle. He is in an agitated and disorientated state.

There is currently no fire, but obviously a high potential for this. The diesel is starting to run towards a stormwater drain.

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Caltex Tanker
Linfox tanker
Linfox tanker
Rescue of car driver
Rescue of car driver
Exercise observers
Transpacific tanker
Transpacific tanker
Transpacific equipment at the left
Transpacific equipment at the left

CROIERG/TISC STAGE 1 TRAINING COURSE DATES

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)

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 on the Sutton Road

All enquiries should be directed to TISC

Telephone (02) 6297 7187

Email office@suttonroad.com.au

THE NZ 'QUAKE

No words necessary. Ed

HEAVY VEHICLE FATIGUE LAWS

NTC PRESS RELEASE

For the information of members we publish the following on Heavy Vehicle Fatigue Laws. Ed

National heavy vehicle fatigue laws specify maximum work and minimum rest hours allowed for drivers.

In April 2010, an inconsistency was found in the way work hours are counted in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. This difference can impact the enforceability of the work and rest hours and cause confusion among drivers, schedulers and others in the industry.

The NTC has published an update on its website covering how the NTC is addressing this issue and explaining how it relates to the proposed Heavy Vehicle National Laws.

The update can be found in the News & Publications section of the NTC website.

OIL SPILLS

The working environment

Oil spills can occur in practically any type of environment and under all climatic and meteorological conditions.

This poses a number of challenges to responders and has an overriding influence on the response options available.

Some aspects of the working environment (such as site layout, security, working shifts) may be controlled by the responders themselves.

Others, including the weather and the terrain, must be given consideration and accommodated when response targets are set.

In every working environment, safety must remain the top priority, and measures to control any risks put in place.

Weather

Extremes of temperature, humidity and precipitation all place considerable strain on human performance. Symptoms range from heat stroke, sunburn and dehydration at one end of the scale to frostbite and hypothermia at the other.

These conditions are, by their nature, hazardous and must be assessed accordingly.

Suitable and sufficient control measures need to be provided

Source OIL SPILL RESPONDER SAFETY GUIDE (Vol 11)

BUNCEFIELD: WHY DID IT HAPPEN? (UK)

THE UNDERLYING CAUSES OF THE EXPLOSION AND FIRE AT THE BUNCEFIELD OIL STORAGE DEPOT, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HERTFORDSHIRE ON 11 DECEMBER 2005

This is a report from the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) on the Buncefield explosion

Tank on fire at Buncefield

Tank on fire at Buncefield

Damage done in Buncefield fire

Damage done in Buncefield fire

Executive summary

On the night of Saturday 10 December 2005, Tank 912 at the Hertfordshire Oil Storage Limited (HOSL) part of the Buncefield oil storage depot was filling with petrol. The tank had two forms of level control: a gauge that enabled the employees to monitor the filling operation; and an independent high-level switch (IHLS) which was meant to close down operations automatically if the tank was overfilled.

The first gauge stuck and the IHLS was inoperable – there was therefore no means to alert the control room staff that the tank was filling to dangerous levels. Eventually large quantities of petrol overflowed from the top of the tank. A vapour cloud formed which ignited causing a massive explosion and a fire that lasted five days.

The gauge had stuck intermittently after the tank had been serviced in August 2005.

However, neither site management nor the contractors who maintained the systems responded effectively to its obvious unreliability.

The IHLS needed a padlock to retain its check lever in a working position. However, the switch supplier did not communicate this critical point to the installer and maintenance contractor or the site operator. Because of this lack of understanding, the padlock was not fitted.

Having failed to contain the petrol, there was reliance on a bund retaining wall around the tank (secondary containment) and a system of drains and catchment areas (tertiary containment) to ensure that liquids could not be released to the environment. Both forms of containment failed. Pollutants from fuel and firefighting liquids leaked from the bund, flowed off site and entered the groundwater. These containment systems were inadequately designed and maintained.

Failures of design and maintenance in both overfill protection systems and liquid containment systems were the technical causes of the initial explosion and the seepage of pollutants to the environment in its aftermath. However, underlying these immediate failings lay root causes based in broader management failings:

Management systems in place at HOSL relating to tank filling were both deficient and not properly followed, despite the fact that the systems were independently audited.

Pressures on staff had been increasing before the incident. The site was fed by three pipelines, two of which control room staff had little control over in terms of flow rates and timing of receipt. This meant that staff did not have sufficient information easily available to them to manage precisely the storage of incoming fuel. Throughput had increased at the site. This put more pressure on site management and staff and further degraded their ability to monitor the receipt and storage of fuel.

The pressure on staff was made worse by a lack of engineering support from Head Office. Cumulatively, these pressures created a culture where keeping the process operating was the primary focus and process safety did not get the attention, resources or priority that it required. This report does not identify any new learning about major accident prevention. Rather it serves to reinforce some important process safety management principles that have been known for some time.

There should be a clear understanding of major accident risks and the safety critical equipment and systems designed to control them.

This understanding should exist within organisations from the senior management down to the shop floor, and it needs to exist between all organisations involved in supplying, installing, maintaining and operating these controls.

There should be systems and a culture in place to detect signals of failure in safety critical equipment and to respond to them quickly and effectively.

In this case, there were clear signs that the equipment was not fit for purpose but no one questioned why, or what should be done about it other than ensure a series of temporary fixes.

Time and resources for process safety should be made available.

The pressures on staff and managers should be understood and managed so that they have the capacity to apply procedures and systems essential for safe operation.

Once all the above are in place:

There should be effective auditing systems in place which test the quality of management systems and ensure that these systems are actually being used on the ground and are effective.

At the core of managing a major hazard business should be clear and positive process safety leadership with board-level involvement and competence to ensure that major hazard risks are being properly managed.

The full report can be accessed by going to the HSE website.

FUEL SPILL CLEANUP CONTINUES ON ROUTE 235 (Pennsylvania)

Result of tanker truck rollover nine months ago

Here is an interesting news report highlighting the high associated costs from a road tanker spillage. Ed

February 25, 2011 Beaver Springs ,Pennsylvania, USA—

Nine months after a tanker truck rolled and spilled 7,500 gallons (28,500 litres) of fuel on Route 235 in Snyder County, hazardous-materials crews are expected to return soon to continue what has proven to be an extraordinarily complicated and time-consuming cleanup.

Daniel T. Spadoni, a State Department of Environmental Protection spokesman, said HAZMAT crews initially recovered about half of the spilled fuel using vacuum trucks, and an undetermined amount of the fuel would have been burned up in the fire that followed the May crash.

The spill that resulted from the crash was 40 times the amount that typically leaks following a truck accident, county emergency management officials have said.

However, the quantity of fuel spilled has made the cleanup particularly difficult, Spadoni said.

"The lost petroleum product had saturated the fill material beneath the roadway along a drainage pipe and in the bed of a waterway. The size of the release, coupled with the mobility of the product in the sand and gravel fill material at the accident scene, has made this release more like an underground storage tank release rather than the standard tanker-truck highway accident," Spadoni said.

A groundwater monitoring system was installed, along with a temporary pump and treatment system. However, as time went by, DEP determined that the treatment system should be complemented by a bio-remediation system so that petroleum-degrading bacteria will be mixed with the other material at the spill site before it is released back into the environment.

"This was a significant spill, and once a petroleum product reaches groundwater, the cleanup will always take much longer," he said.

Workers from the Northridge Group, a hazardous-materials cleanup contractor, will return to the site of the crash — about a mile north of Route 522 in Spring Township — on Monday to begin three weeks of work.

Monitoring at the site is expected to continue for at least another year.

The spill caused 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel to run onto the road and into a nearby creek.

The creek, Mitchell Run, leads to the larger Beaver Creek, which feeds into Middle Creek near Beaver Springs. Middle Creek winds its way about 20 miles across Snyder County, where it leads into Penns Creek, just above the confluence with the Susquehanna River.

In the days after the crash, about 4,900 tons of material was removed from between the road and creek, about 1,200 feet of recovery pipe was installed and a new culvert was built.

Two weeks later, another truck crashed at the site and tore up the new pipe, requiring it to be replaced. The cleanup and monitoring cost is being paid for by Shipley Oil Co., the company that owned the tanker.

Source www.dailyitem.com

CAR FLIPS, STUCK UNDER TANKER ON I-83, BUT DRIVER NOT BADLY HURT (Maryland)

February 16, 2011 Baltimore Maryland USA Car under tanker in Cockeysville

A multi-vehicle crash caused significant delays on Interstate-83 near Cockeysville on Wednesday afternoon, according to the state highway administration and police.

A car collided with a Jeep at about 3 p.m., flipped and became wedged underneath a tanker truck, state police Sgt. Douglas Forrester said. A picture from the scene showed a badly damaged car, but police said the driver suffered injuries not considered life-threatening.

The accident closed all northbound lanes above Padonia Road for nearly two hours, though the vehicles were moved to the shoulder and traffic began moving again at about 5 p.m., police said.

The state also said traffic signals had been re-timed on York and Falls roads because of the crash.

Source baltimoresun.com

TANKER CRASH TESTS NEW RESCUE RESPONSE TEAM (NZ)

February 9, 2011 Nelson New Zealand

A crashed tanker with a trapped driver was the first real test for the newly formed New Zealand Fire Service Helicopter Rescue Response Team from Nelson.

Two Nelson firefighters used specialist cutting gear to free the driver from his badly crushed cab after his tanker carrying waste oil rolled on State Highway 63 near St Arnaud yesterday afternoon.

The 48-year-old driver from Palmerston North was seriously injured when he lost control on a bend and rolled his truck into a bank at Kowhai Pt.

He was flown to Nelson Hospital by the Summit Rescue Helicopter, and this morning was in a stable condition in hospital.

Police say speed was a major factor in the crash.

Marcel Chmiel and his girlfriend were having lunch on State Highway 63 when they heard a loud bang. They drove about 500 metres to where the crash happened.

Mr. Chmiel, who is on holiday in New Zealand, said the man was hunched over the steering wheel.

"He was in complete shock. He could say his name was Dave and his feet hurt, but nothing more."

Another couple at the scene drove towards Blenheim to call for help while Mr. Chmiel tried to lever the door open using a piece of steel.

He opened the door about 10 centimetres, enough to relieve the pressure on the driver's severely twisted ankle.

Mr. Chmiel kept him alert during the 30-minute wait for emergency services.

"It's awful to stand there and not be able to do anything, and just have to wait for help."

Station officer Craig Davies, of Nelson, said the new helicopter response team was formed in conjunction with St John and the Summit Rescue Helicopter.

Mr. Davies said each watch included three experienced firefighters trained to take part in the response team.

The response team would be deployed to remote accident sites. Working with the Summit Rescue Helicopter enabled firefighters to get to crash scenes quickly, sometimes ahead of volunteer forces in the area.

Mr. Davies said the unit also relieved pressure on volunteer fire forces which often dealt with car accidents, work that was starting to take its toll on those involved.

"We can help them out.

"It's certainly somewhere we can be of another benefit and it worked really, really well yesterday."

The truck driver had been trapped for some time before emergency services arrived.

Summit Rescue Helicopter base manager Tim Douglas-Clifford said efforts had been made since 2006 to get the service up and running.

He said having the experienced fire crews on board was an excellent resource, especially in remote areas where the helicopter often arrived first and sometimes had to wait for other emergency services to stabilise the crash site or begin freeing patients before their advanced paramedics could do their work.

"It's a phenomenal resource," he said. NZ Fire Service Helicopter Rescue Response Team at crash

The two firefighters stayed at the site and worked with the volunteer fire brigade at the accident site. The firefighters then came back to Nelson by road.

 

Mr. Douglas-Clifford said using the fire response team yesterday had gone really well and had exceeded expectations.

State Highway 63 between Wairau Valley and St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes, was closed for more than an hour after the crash, then reduced to one lane.

Sergeant Barrie Greenall, of Renwick Highway Patrol, said the driver was heading west on State Highway 63 toward St Arnaud, when he lost control on a corner, rolled, and crashed into a bank.

The Transpacific Industries Group Ltd cab remained upright but was severely damaged, and its tanker was down a grass bank.

About 5000 litres of waste oil had leaked on to the grass reserve, and truck parts covered the road.

Mr. Greenall said it was fortunate the oil could flow into a natural hollow in the ground to stop it from flowing into the Wairau River.

The waste was expected to be cleaned up in the next few days.

He said it was too early to say whether the driver would face charges.

The Renwick, Wairau Valley and Rotoiti Volunteer Fire Brigades attended the scene.

Source www.stuff.co.nz

FOAM IS THE WEAPON FOR FUEL FIRES AT PORT (Florida)

 

Sitting on millions of stored gallons, firefighters ready

PORT CANAVERAL FLORIDA — Millions of gallons of fuel are stored, transported and pumped every day at Port Canaveral, making fire safety one of the biggest concerns at the second-busiest cruising port in the world.

With the Disney Dream looming in the foreground, a barge slides by and starts fuelling another cruise ship. One tanker truck after another leaves loaded with gasoline bound for Central Florid gas stations.

Everywhere you look, fuel is moving. Some even moves out of sight, through an underground line used to fuel some of the cruise ships.

And safety measures are almost as prevalent.

Just about anywhere a fuel fire could start at the port, you'll find foam. Most fire trucks at the Cape Canaveral Fire Rescue station directly behind the Port Authority building are equipped with six five-gallon containers of it, while a larger truck carries 300 gallons. More is kept in storage and the $126 million Seaport Canaveral fuel depot has a 3,800-gallon tank filled with the foam -- which is like a highly concentrated dishwashing soap.

"The fuel is very well protected," said Fire Chief David Sargeant of Cape Canaveral Fire Rescue, a private company that responds in the city and at the port. "The tank farms are as safe as can be."

Despite the station's close proximity to a fiery crash on Jan. 21 at State Road 528 and Courtenay Parkway involving a tanker truck and a pickup that claimed the lives of both drivers, Cape Canaveral was not asked to respond. It came down to a matter of accessible water. The foam needs water to be effective in suppressing fire.

The county relied on Kennedy Space Center's crash trucks, designed to carry large amounts of water

Literally millions of dollars have been spent and will be spent in protection from everything from spills to fires," he said, adding that port safety will be further augmented with a new fireboat and a North Side fire department facility later this year.

The largest tanks of the 24 already in place at the Seaport Canaveral fuel tank terminal contain 155,000 barrels of fuel, or 6.5 million gallons. The plan is to eventually have about 32 tanks at the facility that would fill 150 tanker trucks a day.

Each storage fuel tank is equipped with foam-spraying systems that are supposed to put out a fire within 59 minutes. According to Assistant Fire Chief John Cunningham, Seaport Canaveral has installed many safeguards that go "above and beyond the fire code."

For example, he said there are two huge water pumps on site, adjacent to the "foam house," when only one was necessitated by code.

"It's a redundant system," Cunningham said. "They could have done with one. They also have people monitoring the tanks 24/7."

Additionally, with fire hydrants spread out every 300 feet, the chances of a fire spreading or causing extensive damage in the area is slim, Sargeant said. And with several foam suppliers throughout the state -- including Orlando -- more foam is only an hour away.

"It is important to remember that the primary markets for both of the port's facilities are local -- whether it be providing bunker fuel for ships within the port or gasoline and diesel fuel for area service stations," Payne said.

The foam, costing between $US.20 and $US.25 per gallon, has a supposed limitless shelf life.

"If you keep it sealed it should last," Sargeant said. "It also shouldn't freeze or be subjected to high temperatures."

He said training was an ongoing process and that administering the foam is simple. When training, the firefighters typically use dishwashing soap or colored water.

About 118 million gallons of fuel can be stored at Seaport Canaveral, which started operations last April. The fuel arrives on huge barges sailing into the port's main channel from the Atlantic Ocean. A major accident could disrupt the Carnival, Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise lines, who use the channel, as well. The cruise lines are the top source of revenue for the port.

With the added precautions added by Seaport Canaveral, additional training for his firefighters and strict code in place for fuel tank facilities, Sargeant said most of the calls his crew responds to are medical or to examine small fires on pleasure boats while out at sea.

"We've come a long way since 1983," he said, referring to a three-day fire that engulfed a gambling ship -- the Sea Escape -- nearly sinking it at the dock. "That fire taught the port a lot of things"

Improvements include the fire protection systems now on the docks and tools like the high–powered Daspit portable foam-sprayer that can shoot out 2,000 gallons per minute and hit a target 300 feet away. Also starting this month, underground fuel lines from Seaport Canaveral have started fueling the cruise ships, something that pleases Cunningham.

"Barges fueling ships is just an added hazard," he said, adding that there are discussions to eventually run an underground pipeline to Orlando International Airport.

Bob Lay, director of Brevard County's Office of Emergency Management, has said people living and working near Port Canaveral should not worry about the increased amount of fuel. He said officials from various agencies at many levels reviewed and cleared the project at every step.

"(Seaport Canaveral) has been involved in planning and a table-top exercise with most of the major response agencies in the county, and more importantly, they have built a state-of-the art plant," Lay said when the plant became operational. "The plant is located in and around one of the most secure areas in this county. Having said all of that, no, I do not think there should be any elevated level of concern."

In six months, Sargeant expects to have another fire-fighting weapon in his arsenal -- a $1 million fireboat, courtesy of a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The four-person boat will allow firefighters to combat boat, bridge and dock fires from the water and will be equipped with foam as well.

Source www.floridatoday.com

SAFEGUARDS FAILED AS 2 CARS HIT FREIGHT TRAIN (Illinois)

4 injured in crashes with rail tank cars at crossing on Chicago’s South Side

Here is a news report of interest.

In Aussie Land all rail tank cars are black. In the days when they were the main long distance transporter of fuel in OZ each train could contain up to one and a half million litres of fuel (or more). Ed

February 15, 2011 Chicago Illinois USA

Black tanker cars camouflaged by pre-dawn darkness and a deactivated railroad warning system covered up any hint of the terrifying automobile collisions with a freight train that were about to occur early Monday.

About 3:07 a.m., first one car, then a second one approaching from the opposite side of the tracks struck the stopped train that was blocking the crossing in the 9000 block of South Halsted Street in Chicago, officials said. Four people were injured.

The automated gates and warning devices at the crossing had been disabled Saturday because of a buildup of road salt that interfered with the electronic circuitry, according to investigators with the Federal Railroad Administration.

But residents of the nearby Gresham neighborhood said they noticed problems with the crossing over the last few weeks.

Authorities on Monday were collecting inspection, testing and maintenance records to determine whether the crossing had also been removed from service earlier, said Warren Flatau, spokesman for the federal railroad agency.

In any case, the unlucky drivers who happened upon the crossing Monday morning smashed their vehicles into a train they simply didn't see — and likely couldn't possibly see, authorities said.

"There were no flares. There were no flashers. There was nothing,"

Dahveed Morris, 44, said by telephone from Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was being treated for injuries to his head, neck, back, shoulders and knee.

His Nissan Maxima, traveling north, slammed into the train at almost 35 mph, Morris said, adding that he hit the brakes just before impact when he saw the black tanker car, which blended in with the night sky. The car became wedged under the tanker.

Morris credited seat belts and air bags for saving his life and his passenger. He said he was trying to pry his passenger's door open when he heard the southbound car crash into the train.

"I just heard a slam," said Morris, who lives about a mile from the crossing and said he drives over the tracks several times a day. "You (could) hear steel hitting steel."

The investigation will take months, but the absence of a functioning rail-crossing warning system was a key factor contributing to the crashes, officials said.

"Without the warning lights or the gates down, it did make it very difficult for approaching vehicles to see the train was on the tracks," Deputy District Chief Arriel Gray of the Chicago Fire Department said at the scene.

Investigators will look at why the owner of the tracks and crossing, the Chicago Rail Link, did not quickly repair the off-line warning system, officials said.

Mike Ogborn, a Chicago Rail Link manager, said he couldn't discuss details of the accident or any previous problems with the crossing until the investigation is completed.

Chicago police officers were sent to the crossing about 3 p.m. Saturday to direct traffic because the gates were stuck in the down position, even though no trains were present, Chicago police spokesman Daniel O'Brien said.

"Sometimes, the signal will not even come down," said Shontique Lottie, 26, of the 9000 block of South Emerald Avenue. "Because the gates and signals don't go off properly, you have to be very careful and look both ways."

Safety precautions required at crossings where barrier gates, flashing lights and bells are inoperative apparently were followed Monday morning under federal "stop and flag'' rules, according to the preliminary investigation led by the federal railroad agency.

The crew of the Chicago Rail Link train stopped the train as it entered the unprotected crossing, and a crew member placed flares at ground level to alert any oncoming motorists, officials said. The train proceeded briefly, then halted again because of a train-control signal instructing the locomotive engineer to stop for another train at a switch point near the crossing, officials said.

At this point, the four locomotives had cleared the crossing, but the tank cars, outfitted with reflective yellow tape, still occupied the entire crossing, officials said. The crew re-boarded the train once the locomotives were through the crossing, officials said. Then the cars plowed into the standing train, striking the tanker carrying nonhazardous materials, officials said.

"After the train entered the crossing, the crew was required to re-board the train, as it had other on-board responsibilities,'' said Mike Stead, administrator of the rail safety program at the Illinois Commerce Commission, which is assisting in the investigation.

The entire train consisted of four locomotives and 77 cars, and it appeared that the trains were outfitted with the required reflective materials, according to preliminary reports. Investigators will examine why the headlights of the automobiles did not illuminate the reflective strips on the tankers, officials said.

Six collisions involving trains and vehicles, all nonfatal, have occurred at the crossing since 1970, Commerce Commission records show. Before Monday, the last accident was in 2007, and the only case resulting in injuries was in 1991, when 14 passengers on a bus were hurt. Source www.chicagotribune.com

View a video of the incident.

SUFFOLK: A14 FULLY OPEN AFTER PETROL TANKER CRASH (UK)

January 26, 2011 Suffolk. UK A14 UK tanker crash

The A14 is fully open again open after a petrol tanker crashed into the central reservation on the A14.

The incident, on the westbound carriageway, happened just before the A140 junction at approximately 9.44am.

It is believed the tanker was involved in a collision with several other vehicles before hitting the central barrier of the road.

One westbound lane was closed until mid-afternoon while police recovered the petrol tanker and cleared the road.

Both Suffolk Fire and Ambulance services attended the scene of the incident where a 25-year-old woman was the only casualty.

She was taken to Ipswich Hospital for further checks but is not believed to have any serious injuries.

Source www.east.co.uk

NO PROPANE LEAKS REPORTED IN YORK COUNTY TANKER CRASH (Pennsylvania)

January 25, 2011 North Codorus Township Pennsylvania USA Propane tanker off road in PA

Emergency responders were able to remove a 54,000-pound propane truck from a ditch Monday afternoon in York County.

The truck went into a ditch on Route 616 near North Rohrbaugh Road, causing the rear tires to come off, police said. The truck driver, Thomas Myers, of Dillsburg, told police the truck drifted off the road.

Other propane trucks were called to off-load the fuel.

For safety reasons, people in one nearby home were asked to leave while the gas was being removed from the truck.

The road was closed for about six hours. Police said they are investigating the crash.

Source www.heraldextra.com

RESCUE AFTER FUEL TANKER CRASH (QLD)

February 18, 2011 Gympie Queensland Fuel tanker crash at Gympie Qld

Rescue workers have freed a motorist trapped after a two vehicle head-on smash with a leaking petrol tanker on the Bruce Highway near Gympie this morning.

Emergency services were called to a head-on collision between a utility and a tanker containing 6000 litres of diesel at 7.30am at Gutchy Creek, about 50 kilometres north of Gympie.

Authorities believe between 52 and 100 litres of diesel has been spilled across the highway from a leak at the top of the tanker’s hatch.

Police said the highway is closed in both directions.

The driver of the utility was trapped in his vehicle by his lower legs for an unknown amount of time, but latest reports from the Department of Community Safety suggest the motorist has only just been released from the vehicle. He is scheduled to be airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

The driver of the petrol tanker suffered minor injuries and was out of his vehicle by the time emergency services arrived.

The Department of Community Safety said a spill response unit has been on scene since

CARLSBAD MAN KILLED IN TANKER CRASH (New Mexico)

Two Tankers Involved Wreckage in New Mexico two tanker crash

 January 29, 2011 Carlsbad New Mexico USA A wreck involving two tanker trucks resulted in the death of a Carlsbad man in a head-on collision on the highway between Jal and Carlsbad Thursday evening.

According to a news release from Capt. Tommy Hooper, with the New Mexico State Police, at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday, the state police were summoned to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 182, near mile marker 5, between Carlsbad and Jal.

The crash involved a 2001 Mack tanker truck, driven by 55-year-old David Hugaboom of Carlsbad, and a 2001 Peterbilt tanker truck driven by 37-year-old Walberto Gonzalez of El Paso, Texas, said police.

Initial investigation by the state police determined that the 2001 Mack, driven by Hugaboom, was travelling eastbound on the highway and the 2001 Peterbilt, driven by Gonzalez, was travelling westbound.

"For reasons unknown at this time, the two trucks collided head-on on the south side of the roadway after Gonzalez's vehicle was driven left of the centre (of the road)," said Hooper.

"The force of the collision caused catastrophic damage to both tanker trucks."

Hugaboom was pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy investigator from the N.M. Office of the  Medical Investigator, said police.

According to the release, Gonzalez was airlifted from the scene by helicopter and flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, for treatment of injuries he sustained in the crash. He was listed in critical condition at the time of the news release.

"The contributing factors of this crash are still under investigation at this time," said Hooper, "although alcohol has been ruled out as a contributing factor."

State Highway 128 was closed in both directions for several hours while officers investigated the incident.

Source www.currentargus.com

HIGHWAY 50 REOPENS AFTER TANKER CRASH & FIRE (Colorado)

January 28, 2011 Canyon City, Colorado USA Colorado Highway tanker fire

Colorado Highway 50 west of CaƱon City reopened around 4:40 p.m. Friday, about 8 hours after a fuel tanker crashed and burst into flames, killing the driver, Colorado State Patrol trooper Heather Cobler said.

The name of the driver was not released. The truck was owned by Denver-based Rex Oil Company.

While the highway was closed drivers were detoured onto Highway 9 at Cotopaxi.

After the fire was extinguished, Cobler said it took crews several hours to clear the roadway and clean up the 7,000 gallons of fuel that spilled.

None of the fuel reached the Arkansas River, she said.

The semi-tanker was traveling east on 50 when it went off the road on a curve and rolled off the right side of the road, according to the state patrol.

 Source www.gazette.com

TANKER WRECK LATE MONDAY IN WOODWARD TOWNSHIP CLAIMS 1 LIFE

Driver not wearing seat belt (Pennsylvania)

January 26, 2011 Woodward, Lycoming County Pennsylvania USA

A 46-year-old truck driver was killed late Monday night when he lost control of his northbound tanker truck which went off Route 220 and crashed into the parking lot of the former Woodward Township Elementary School, state police said.

Volunteer firefighters and paramedics were on the scene within minutes of the 11:40 p.m. crash, but Richard A. Beck, of 7437 Daughertys Run Road, had died in the wreckage.

Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling pronounced Beck dead of upper body injuries at the scene.

The tanker went into a drainage ditch and overturned in the parking lot, trapping Beck in the wreckage, Trooper Matthew R. McDermott said.

Emergency responders could reach Beck, but recovering his body was an entirely different situation.

"We could get to him, but he was entangled in the truck," Kiessling said, adding that Beck was not wearing a seat belt.

"We may never know what caused him to go off the road," Kiessling said Tuesday afternoon.

Kiessling said he was told that Beck had been talking on his truck's CB with his brother, also a truck driver, just before the crash. The brother was directly in front of him, but he did not witness the crash, Kiessling said.

Source www.sungazette.com

TRAIN DERAILMENT, TANKER FIRE IN OHIO FORCES RESIDENTS TO EVACUATE (Ohio)

February 6, 2011 Arcadia Ohio USA

By The Associated Press

A freight train carrying volatile chemicals derailed about 50 miles south of Toledo Sunday morning, causing at least 15 tanker cars to catch fire and explode and forcing evacuations of nearby homes, a fire official said. No injuries have been reported.

Capt. Jim Breyman of the Arcadia Fire Department said the call came in at about 2:15 a.m., and estimates about 15-18 tanker cars derailed, all carrying methanol.

About 20 homes were evacuated in the area about two miles west of the village of Arcadia, but it was unclear exactly how many people were in those homes, he said.

The scene was intense and dramatic.

"We're talking fireballs," he said of the explosion. "When they went thousands of feet in the air, they could be seen from 20-plus miles away."

An initial concern was that the derailment and explosions happened next to a fertilizer plant, and Breyman said it was fortunate the fire didn't spread there.

The Norfolk Southern train was eastbound and was pulling about 60 cars when it derailed, he said.

The burning cars were separated from the rest of the train and he expected the fire to continue burning until about 5 p.m. Waterways in the area were being tested Sunday morning to see if there was any contamination, but he expects most of the fuel burned up in the blaze.

"I've been a fireman for almost 30 years now and I've seen a lot, never seen anything like this," he said. "It was beyond words."

PROPANE TANKER OVERTURNS IN FRISCO; TOLLWAY CLOSED (Texas)

February 6, 2010 Frisco Texas USA

An accident involving a propane tanker truck and a sport utility vehicle resulted in problems for motorists on the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco Sunday.

The Texas Department of Public Safety requested that northbound lanes be closed at Stonebrook Parkway and southbound lanes be diverted at Main Street as a precaution following the 10 a.m. wreck.

The truck, which was hauling 1,500 gallons of liquid propane, did not catch fire when it overturned, but flammable gas was leaking from the tank.

"Due to damage to the tanker, officials with the trucking company say they cannot transfer the propane to another truck safely," Frisco Fire Chief Mack Borchardt said in a statement.  "As a result, we will be releasing propane into the air.  Dallas Fire Department is assisting us by providing a vehicle with a large, mounted fan to help disperse the propone in a safe manner."

The propane truck driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries; the driver of the SUV was not injured. Frisco police were investigating the cause of the accident.

Source www.wwfa.com

MOTORWAY SHUT BY FATAL CRASH (UK)

February 8, 2011 Oxfordshire UK

A man died and two other people were injured in a road crash which closed the M40 in north Oxfordshire for six hours yesterday. Scene of fatal crash in UK

The driver of a lorry was killed when his vehicle crashed into a van and a gas tanker that had already collided between junction 10 at Ardley and the A34 junction nine near Bicester at about 6.30am.

The accident caused huge tailbacks along the motorway and had an effect on surrounding roads in the area.

Police said last night the man, who was 46, was from the West Midlands. His family has been informed.

The fire service believe the tanker, which was carrying a load of flammable gas, was hit from behind by a Luton box van. The van was then hit by the lorry.

Station manager Chris Wilson, who was in charge of the incident, said none of the gas had leaked out of the tanker.

He said: "The tanker received substantial damage but only to the external framework. "None of the gas leaked out or created any further hazard."

Mr. Wilson added: "Unfortunately the driver of the lorry was too severely injured and did not survive the crash."

He said emergency crews were able to get to the driver of the van quickly and give him emergency treatment at the scene.

He was trapped in the wreckage and rescue crews from Bicester and Kidlington worked for about an hour to cut him free.

One of the people in the van suffered a broken leg, while another escaped with minor injuries. It was not clear which of those was the driver last night.

South Central Ambulance spokesman James Keating-Wilkes said both men were taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

They were believed to be in a stable condition last night. The driver of the tanker was unhurt, but left shaken by the incident.

The southbound carriageway was closed until lunchtime as wreckage was cleared and accident investigators examined the scene.

Source www.www.oxfordmail.co.uk

HIGH SPEED CRASH CAUSED BY 83-YEAR OLD WRONG WAY DRIVER CAUGHT ON TAPE; TANKER INVOLVED (California)

February 8, 2011 Oceanside, California USA

The dramatic high-speed crash of an 83-year-old wrong-way driver, which caused a four-car pileup on a California freeway, was captured on a cell phone camera.

A cell phone video sent to Fox5SanDiego.com shows Clarence Kinney driving a white 2007 Ford F-150 southbound on the northbound side of the freeway Friday morning.

After several seconds, the pickup truck crashes when it hit the concrete abutment of the overpass at Las Pulgas Road in Oceanside, Calif.

Kinney's pickup spun into traffic lanes and was T-boned by a Land Rover before splitting in half. The cab portion of the pickup was hit by a tanker truck, which lost control and crashed into the center divide. The disabled Land Rover was then hit by another car, according to the station.

The crash victims, including Kinney, reportedly suffered only minor injuries.

Kinney was cited for driving the wrong way with a suspended license. Investigators said he appeared to have been confused and couldn't explain how he ended up driving against traffic.

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FUEL-TRUCK FIRE KILLS CAREY MAN (Indiana)

Cause Of Explosion In Picabo Still Unknown Tanker fire at Picabo Ranch

February 11. 2011 Picabo Indiana

A fuel trailer ignited and exploded Wednesday at a ranch in Picabo, killing Carey resident Craig Adamson, 53, and destroying two fuel tankers.

The fire at Picabo Ranch started at about 2:30 p.m., according to the Blaine County Sheriff's Office.

 

Picabo Ranch tanker on fire

Picabo Ranch tanker on fire

Remains of tankers in Indiana

Remains of tankers in Indiana

Adamson, whose family owns the Adamson's Inc. fuel and oil company, and employee Lee Andreas were transferring fuel between the two trucks when a trailer attached to Adamson's vehicle caught fire, the Sheriff's Office reported. The fire spread from the trailer to both trucks.

"There was this huge kaboom," said Jan Peppler, a Picabo resident whose property is adjacent to the ranch. "I ran outside and that's when I saw the smoke."

Adamson, who was on top of the trailer at the time, was reportedly killed instantly.

Andreas was caught between the two trucks and was knocked down by the explosion. Though his jacket ignited, those flames were quickly extinguished. Andreas was examined on the scene and refused transport to a medical facility.

The trailer fire continued burning until about 10 p.m., Peppler said. Her report was confirmed by neighbor Corey Webb, a blacksmith with a shop near the site of the accident. "We could see it glowing out of our window," Webb said.

Wood River Fire & Rescue Chief Bart Lassman said his crews responded to a call for mutual aid from the Carey Fire Department at 2:48 p.m. The Friedman Memorial Airport Fire Department and the Blaine County Sheriff's Office also responded to the call.

Crews were called off the fire by 7:30 p.m., but the Carey Quick Response Team was called back at about 8:45 p.m. when Adamson's truck reignited. Peppler said she witnessed the final explosion. "That was really freaky, against that dark sky," she said. "That's when I finally left my house."

Lassman said the flames burned for so long because of the nature of the fuel-charged fire. The main goals of the crews, Lassman said, were to shrink the blaze to a manageable size and watch it closely, rather than extinguish the flames.

"It's so hard to extinguish. You have to almost smother it," he said. "There was so much fuel, it was easier to stand back and keep people safe."

Lassman said the second truck likely reignited due to radiant heat. While crews were on the scene, they doused the second tanker with water to prevent such an occurrence.

"It had some fuel in it, so they were keeping it cool during the whole operation," he said. "You don't want that exploding, [but] you've got to let the fuel burn off."

Source www.mtexpress.com

BEACHLINE REOPENS EARLIER THAN EXPECTED AFTER FIERY TANKER CRASH (Florida)

February 14, 2011 Florida USA

Three days ahead of schedule, and commuters in Brevard County are grateful.

The Beachline Junction at State Road 3 reopened Sunday after a deadly explosion in January shut down the overpass and the road below for weeks.

Following repairs

Following repairs

The tanker explosion and fire

The tanker explosion and fire

The roads were not expected to reopen until Jan. 16, but crews with Lane Construction finished earlier than expected.

The explosion happened Jan. 21 after a car lost control and crashed into a tanker carrying thousands of gallons of fuel.

The drivers of both vehicles were killed.

Some said the horrific accident was one of the worst they've seen on Brevard County roads.

The fiery crashed severely damaged both the Beachline bridge and the SR-3 underpass, forcing traffic to drive around the accident.

Source www.cfnews13.com

TANKER TRUCK OVERTURNS SPILLING 1,600 GALLONS OF FUEL IN WEST DALLAS (Texas)

Tanker rollover in West Dallas

Tanker rollover in West Dallas

Emergency crews at Dallas tanker spill

Emergency crews at Dallas tanker spill

February 11, 2011 DALLAS TEXAS

A icy patch of roadway is blamed for a tanker truck that overturned in West Dallas, spilling 1600 gallons of fuel. The driver said he lost control and hit a patch of ice and overturned.

The accident happened around 3 a.m. at the intersection of Chaulk Hill Road and Singleton Boulevard. 

The spill happened very close to the DART Bernal/Singleton bus transfer station. Emergency crews shut down the station for three hours because vehicles were blocking the station and the cleanup process started. 

DART officials were able to open the station and start regular bus service just before 6:30 a.m. Bus route 35 or 59.

A hazmat team is working to mop up the diesel fuel and contain it. A sand truck was brought in to treat the ice to prevent any further accidents while crews worked.

Hazmat crews did clean up the spill. The driver was not hurt.

Source www.afaa.com

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