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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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January 2012


At the CROIERG Committee meeting held in Yass NSW on December 8th 2011 Gary Davoren tendered his resignation from the CROIERG committee

Gary has represented TransPacific Industries on the committee and his technical knowledge and expertise has been a considerable asset to the group.

He has played a major role in developing and implementing our two training programs and acted as an Industry Expert for our Stage 2 Courses

Gary is looking at other avenues in which to use his considerable skills and he wish him all the best in his endevours

CROIERG Chairman Paul Pulver made a presentation to Gary, at the committee meeting, in recognition of his contribution to the CROIERG Group

Gary will continue to provide input to the group in a technical capacity and his place on the committee will be taken by Brett Williams, National Operations Manager of TransPacific.


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13-15th March 2012

18-20th April 2012

14-16th May 2012

1-3rd August 2012

17-19th September

3-5th October 2012


All training course bookings should be made to:

Trish Mooney. Business Administration Manager
Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC)


Mail: TISC PO Box 6074 Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Phone: (02) 6297 7187 Fax: (02) 6297 6986



An overview of the CROIERG/NBTA Training Courses can be view by using the Power Point Presentation below.

This presentation was made by Transport Industries Skills Centre Training Manager Paul Harrison at the NBTA Emergency Response Day in Melbourne on September 8, 2011

Powerpoint Presentation

Information for Dangerous Goods Emergency Response Programs [pdf]




Emergency response course enrolment form [pdf]

Course Enrolment Form [pdf]

Course Accommodation form [pdf]


A practical emergency exercise was held at the completion of the three day Stage 2 Training Course on December 2, 2011

Here are some pics of the exercise:

FRNSW Incident Controller Wayne Huggins explains what he wants done

FRNSW Incident Controller Wayne Huggins explains what he wants done

Cutting the hole and applying cooling water

Cutting the hole and applying cooling water

Exercise equipment and FRNSW Pumper

Exercise equipment and FRNSW Pumper

Course assessor Roger Van Cornwell in discussions

Course assessor Roger Van Cornwell in discussions

Emptying the receiving tanker after the exercise

Emptying the receiving tanker after the exercise

Trainer Paul Harrison (at rear) of TISC ponders a point

Trainer Paul Harrison (at rear) of TISC ponders a point

Make sure you do it this way!

Make sure you do it this way!


Clearing the Air and Blowing Away the Cobwebs on this Very Important Topic

There appears to be some increasing confusion in regard to the legal requirement for TERP’s (Transport Emergency Response Plans). And this is being brought up in various meetings and industry discussions.

See the extract below, from the Model Legislation, which is as clear as a bell and has been picked up by all States & Territories in their Regulations.

The Guidleines were approved by the Australian Transport Council in 2003 (8 long years ago) and they are a mandatory requirement for all Consignors and Prime Contractors transporting a placard load of dangerous goods

JudgeMandatory is defined in dictionaries as: compulsory, required, requisite, obligatory, not optional, binding. Putting it simply:

It is illegal to consign or transport a placard load of dangerous goods by road unless you have a Transport Emergency Response Plan (TERP) that is prepared having regard to the guidelines approved by the Australian Transport Council in 2003.



National Transport Commission (Model Legislation -

Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road or Rail)

Regulations 2007

Division 14.2 Emergencies involving placard loads


Emergency plans

(1) In this {clause}: emergency plan, for the transport of a placard load, means a written plan, for dealing with any dangerous situation arising from the transport of the goods, that is prepared having regard to any guidelines approved by the Australian Transport Council.

(2) A prime contractor or rail operator must not transport a placard load if the prime contractor or rail operator does not have an emergency plan for the transport of the goods.

Offence provision.

(3) A person must not consign a placard load for transport if the person does not have an emergency plan for the transport of the goods. (14.5, amd/2)

Offence provision.

{(4) An offence against {subclause} (2) or (3) is an offence of strict liability.


The TERP Guidelines are available in the Member’s Area of this website


(For the information of members the latest on ADG7. Ed)

We recently advised in our CROIERG Web News of an update to the Australian Dangerous Goods Code that could be downloaded. Unfortunately this download contained some "gremlins" so you will need to download it again

Download the Australian Dangerous Goods Code

From the NTC (National Transport Commission website

Updated: October 2011

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code sets out the requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road or rail. The current version of the Code is the 7th edition, which the NTC published in 2007. This version of the Code is known as ADG7.
The Code has no force by itself, but it is given force in each Australian State and Territory by laws that incorporate the Code as law by stating that it applies as law.

Revised ADG7 October 2011

In October 2011 the NTC published on this site (available below) a revised version of the Code that corrects various printing errors that occurred in the initial production of the Code. In conjunction with the publication of that revised version of the Code the NTC also published a document entitled Corrigendum 1, which sets out the corrections that need to be made to the printed version of the Code.

The NTC also published a document entitled How the 2011 Electronic Version differs from the 2007 Printed Version. Both of these documents are available below. They both contain almost the same information, but the presentation of the information in them differs depending on which version of the Code (printed or 2011) is being used. Corrigendum 1 is for use with the printed version of the Code, and the Differences document is for use with the revised electronic version of the Code.

It should be noted that no printed version of the revised version of the Code is available.


The NTC is responsible for policy issues relating to the development and maintenance of the Code and the model laws on which the State and Territory laws that give legal effect to the Code are based.

Please note that administration of the Code is the responsibility of the State or Territory in which you operate.
Should you require technical advice on the application of the Code, or a variation from the requirements of the Code, please click here to contact the Competent Authority from the relevant State or Territory.

For enquiries relating to the national dangerous goods transport process and the national model laws, please email

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December 2, 2011 Bradford County, Pennsylvania USA

Oily sludge in Game Lands

Oily sludge in Game Lands

A 27-year-old man from Temple, Ga., admitted to Pennsylvania State Police that he dumped approximately 800 gallons of dangerous materials from a Bradford County gas well site onto state game lands early Thursday morning, according to a press release from the Towanda barracks.

Josh Foster is charged with scattering rubbish and was arraigned on Thursday night before District Justice Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

Foster was sent to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in West Burlington. Bail was set at $100,000.




December 11, 2011 Melbourne Victoria

A man is in hospital after his petrol tanker exploded in Rowville in Melbourne's south-east.

Nearby cars were also damaged as burning fuel spread hundreds of metres from the tanker.

The driver of the tanker, aged in his 30s, suffered burns to his arms and legs when his vehicle burst into flames at a petrol station about 1:00am (AEDT). He was taken to the Alfred Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

A nearby hotel was evacuated as burning fuel spread 200 metres from the tanker down a driveway. The fire damaged two cars in its path, while another car hit a tree while trying to escape the blaze.

The CFA's Peter Shaw says the driver had been refuelling underground storages when the vehicle caught fire. He says authorities are investigating. "At this stage there's nothing conclusive. There was an amount of lightning around at the time which may have contributed, but we haven't established that as yet," he said.

"The whole driveway was on fire so the risk was extremely high and we're very lucky that nobody else was injured.

"For the people that were here it would have been a very traumatic and chaotic scene."



In regard to tanker fires here is a News Report from 2009 for readers to reflect on. Ed

Updated January 05, 2009

The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) has praised a truck driver whose quick thinking managed to prevent a petrol tanker from catching fire near the Eureka Tower in Melbourne last night. The truck's engine caught fire at Southbank just after 9:30pm (AEDT).

The tanker was carrying 63,000 litres of fuel.

Greg Plier from the MFB says a disaster was avoided because the driver had and an extinguisher in the cabin and knew how to use it.

"When he noticed the fire, he got out, opened up his engine bay and with the use of the extinguishers installed in the cabin he's basically put the fire out," he said.

"There wasn't much for us to do apart from make sure it was safe."

"[He] basically saved 63,000 litres plus a truck full of fuel. He's done a fantastic job," he said.





Here is an account of another potential tanker fire averted by keen observation. Ed


Author Paul Brown. Regional Logistics Co-ordinator. Caltex Australia Petroleum QLD


An electrical short circuit generating heat between the battery cable downstream of the battery isolation switch and a hydraulic line downstream of the PTO hydraulic pump.

The hydraulic line, pneumatic lines and battery cables were bound together in a single loom. When conducting fuel transfers using the PTO/Hydraulic pump in the normal course of business, the hydraulic hose will attempt to move in one direction and then the other as pressure increases and decreases within this hose.

This hydraulic hose had abraded against the battery cable until the battery cable insulation had eroded back to the copper core and the hydraulic hose abraded back to the stainless steel interior braded sheath. The heat generated burned through the stainless steel sheath melting the internal core of the hydraulic hose allowing the release of hydraulic fluid.

The vibrations generated throughout the tanker due to the rough locals roads on a daily basis may have contributed to the abrasion that resulted.

A similar occurrence has not previously been documented within the fuel industry.

The tanker manufacturer has never become aware of a similar incident. The subject vehicle has been well maintained in accordance with required maintenance schedules, throughout its operating life.

As the abrasion could not be observed in-sutu, the loom was not dismantled to make a closer inspection and was not required to be. The routing of the hydraulic hose within the same loom as the battery cables and pneumatic hoses was inappropriate and would at some point abrade sufficiently to allow a short circuit to occur.

Fire was generated at the position of the short circuit fuelled by heated plastic insulation and leaking hydraulic fluid. Compartment # 1 above the flame contained 600 litres of ULP. Approximately 2 litres of hydraulic fluid spilled to ground.

The driver successfully extinguished the fire – top marks to him! Great information and something worth thinking about.

CROIERG avery much appreciates Paul Brown giving us permission to publish this article in the CROIERG Web News. Paul’s DTF Newsletter is distributed monthly.

For further information on the DTF Newsletter Paul Brown can be contacted at


Again a spill because the double checking of valves was not carried out as a part of standard operating procedures. CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK. Editor

December 4, 2011 Bardstown Kentucky USA

Nearly 6,400 gallons (24,300 litres) of ethyl alcohol spilled from the back of a Heaven Hill distillery building Saturday afternoon, triggering a hazardous-materials response from the Bardstown Fire Department and state and federal environmental regulators.

A temporary dike helped capture some of the 180-proof alcohol, but a large amount spilled down a creek and into a lake at the rear of the building, Bardstown Fire Chief Anthony Mattingly said.

The spill occurred after a tanker delivered the alcohol to the distillery in Nelson County. A shutoff valve between a large tank and a smaller tank was left open, allowing the liquid to flow into the smaller tank, which then overflowed into a containment area.

But a separate valve - opened recently to release excess rainwater - had also been left open. That allowed the alcohol to flow across a gravel parking lot and into the creek and lake, Mattingly said.



This may be of interest to CROIERG members and associates. Ed

December 9, 2001 Nova Scotia CANADA

An industrial waste management company from Alberta is suing the estate of a Nova Scotia man who died in a collision with one of its vehicles.

In Nova Scotia Supreme Court documents filed Wednesday, Newalta Corp. alleges that Ralph Michael Coady Jr. was negligent in the Aug. 18, 2010, crash on Highway 104 near Barneys River, Pictou County, that killed him and Newalta employee Christopher Walsh.

The notice of action also named Coastal Tire & Auto Service Ltd. as a respondent.

In its statement of claim, Newalta, which is registered as an extra-provincial corporation in Nova Scotia, alleged that Coady’s truck crossed the centre line of the highway and collided head-on with the Newalta tanker truck, which caught fire and rolled down an embankment, spilling its load of waste oil.

Newalta also alleged that Coastal Tire, which replaced tires and did tie rod end repairs to Coady’s truck at its New Glasgow service centre in July 2010 contributed to the accident through negligence, including failure to properly inspect and repair the vehicle.

Newalta is claiming damages for the loss of its vehicle and its cargo, property repair, environmental cleanup, emergency services charges, interest and costs.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

The respondents have 15 days from the notice of action to file a defence if delivered in Nova Scotia and 30 days if delivered elsewhere in Canada.



December 2, 2011 Loudon County, Virginia USA

Tanker in Virginia rollover

Tanker in Virginia rollover

Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller says an overturned tanker truck has been removed after overturning on Route 15. Authorities have reopened the road.

The crash occurred at 11:09 a.m. on Route 15 about one mile south of Route 50 in Loudoun County.

According to Geller, a car headed north on Route 15 suddenly braked, the vehicle behind it braked and a tanker truck behind that car swerved to the right to avoid hitting the cars.

The truck ran off the road, overturned and landed upside down in an embankment.

The truck was loaded with approximately 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel but the tank did not rupture as it was being moved, says Geller.

Prince William County and Loudoun County fire and hazardous materials crews are monitoring the situation.



December 2, 2011 Calabar, Nigeria

Tanker rollover in Nigeria

Tanker rollover in Nigeria

No fewer than 19 persons were killed in auto crash, yesterday, along Benin-Ore road as a diesel tanker collided with a commercial vehicle, killing all the passengers except one.

The bus, belonging to Hope Express Transport Company, was carrying 19 persons. It reportedly took off from Lagos heading to the South-East when the accident occurred. Only one of the passengers survived and was rushed to a hospital in Benin City.

An eyewitness told Vanguard that he was travelling along the road when the accident occurred, adding that most of the "bodies of the victims were badly mangled."

He said: '’There was blood everywhere with the property of the casualties littering the area."

Some of the sympathisers at the scene of the accident blamed the sad development on breach of traffic regulations by motorists.

The tanker driver was alleged to have abandoned his lane and crossed the pavement.

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December 7, 2011 Minerva Ohio USA

The driver of a Kenan Advantage Group tanker truck was taken to a hospital after it overturned on state Route 172 just outside of Moultrie in Columbiana County’s West Township Wednesday afternoon.

At 2 p.m., Route 172 remained closed in the 24000 block with the truck blocking both lanes and spilling fluid.

Kenan Advantage is "North America’s largest tank truck hauler and logistics provider, transporting fuel, chemicals and food-grade products," according to the company’s website, Its headquarters are on Mount Pleasant Street NW in Jackson Township.

The Minerva Fire Department, Ohio Highway Patrol and several ambulances were at the scene.



December 8, 2012 Raglan Creek (QLD)

Police have advised the Bruce Highway has now re-opened following a fuel tanker rollover north of Raglan Creek.

Traffic delays were experienced in the area, 60km south of Rockhampton, as police and road crew’s decanted fuel from the tanker, which rolled over about 1am.

A 100m exclusion zone had been in place. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries only.



Another fuel truck wrecks and gushes gasoline, this time on I-405. Double-walled tanks might prevent such spills, but don't hold your breath waiting for them.

December 01, 2011 Seattle, Washington State Tanker truck

Last Sunday night (Nov. 27), about 10 p.m., what might be described as an environmental disaster occurred - except that disasters like this happen so often they’ve come to seem humdrum.

As the obligatory news release from the State Department of Ecology tells it, a car struck a double tanker truck carrying a reported 6,340 gallons of gasoline on I-405 near NE 8th Street in Bellevue.

The truck’s rear tank tipped over, and another car struck it. The tank tipped over, and some 2,500 gallons of gas spilled.

The cleanup crew managed to vacuum up 200 gallons; the rest ran off into the surrounding soil, which crews are now excavating and removing. The Ecology Department originally announced that "some gasoline is confirmed to have reached Lake Washington," but now says it has no evidence that any did.

According to Ecology records, this wasn’t the first time the firm involved, Lee & Eastes Tank Lines, had spilled toxic fuel into local soils and waters. In 1995 DOE fined Lee & Eastes $25,000 for spilling 1,516 gallons of gasoline near Lake Samish.

In 2002 it found the company negligent in a sensational accident when one of its drivers, "traveling too fast for traffic conditions" on I-90 near Tibbetts Creek, swerved to avoid a backup. His truck jackknifed, crashed, and burned, spilling 2,076 gallons of gas. DOE tried to ding the company $38,000, but it appealed and got the fine knocked down to $8,572.

Not that Lee & Eastes is an unusual offender. The list of fuel and oil spills on land and sea for which Ecology has collected fines and other damages since 1991 runs to 14 dense pages. One incident did not make the list, however: On Nov. 7, 1995, a tanker carrying 8,800 gallons of jet fuel rolled down an embankment near Port Orchard, "miraculously without spilling any of the contents," the agency’s website reports. "But, in fact, it was no miracle," the report continues. "

The rig's owner, Cascade Petroleum Transportation of Portland, had voluntarily invested in double-wall tanks for its vehicles. The extra $3,000 cost per vehicle paid off handsomely. The outer walls of the tanks were badly damaged when the truck veered off a back road near Port Orchard, but the inner tanks remained intact, preventing a spill and saving the company an estimated $100,000 in cleanup costs."

The report is entitled (nudge-nudge), "Double-Wall Tanks Head Off Environmental Damage."

There's some question about this account. Mike Knight, safety manager for Portland’s Blue Line Transportation, which has since acquired Cascade Petroleum Transportation, says the company does not routinely use double-walled tankers, and that workers who were there at the time don’t believe the truck in the 1995 accident was one. The answer as to why Ecology reported the incident that way may lie buried deep in its archives.

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November 28, 2011 La Crosse Car under tanker

One woman is transported to the hospital after a two vehicle crash at the intersection of La Crosse Street and Losey Boulevard. According to the La Crosse Fire Department, the accident happened around 7 p.m. Sunday.

La Crosse Fire Department Division Fire Chief Tom Wallerich said a tanker semi-truck rolled over a red compact car.

At this time, authorities say they do not know which vehicle is at fault. They believe the semi was headed South on Losey Boulevard when it rolled over the red car.

The driver of the red car had to be removed from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life. She was transported to the hospital and her condition is unknown at this time.

There were no other passengers in the red car. The semi-truck driver was treated on the scene.



December 5, 2012 Fairbanks Alaska USA

A fire that burned a gasoline station near Denali National Park was apparently started by an explosion inside the convenience store, Alaska State Troopers said.

Trooper Sgt. Mike Roberts told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the cause of the explosion has not been determined. Three people were taken to hospitals with burns and injuries from the blast. Two others had minor injuries.

The Chevron station and store were fully engulfed in flames when firefighters responded about 6 p.m.

Sunday. The area around the station was cordoned off as a precaution against a gasoline or propane explosion

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December 7, 2011 Kingston Lucy, UK

A lorry driver heroically leapt into action to extinguish a burning car in which a man was trapped just moments after a horrific collision on Tuesday morning.

Skip lorry driver Steve Middleton was driving his eight-wheeled vehicle along the B3082 Blandford Road near Kingston Lacy when the collision between the gas tanker in front of him and a silver Lexus travelling in the opposite direction took place around 6.20am.

Mr Middleton, who has been a driver with Sims Metal Management at Wimborne for 18 years, rushed to the aid of the Lexus driver who was trapped in his vehicle.

He helped extinguish the flames coming from the engine as the emergency services were called to the scene.

Mr Middleton said he was following the tanker along the road in the Blandford direction when it started to brake. "I thought it was a bit strange but then I saw a silver car, which went past me sparking", he said. "His front side hit the front of the tanker lorry I think and the lorry spun at 90 degrees.

"The lorry driver was shaking but alright and then I saw that the front of the car was alight and heard the chap calling for help. I grabbed the fire extinguisher out of my lorry and put it out. "Then I looked round and saw smoke from the tanker. I went all around it but there was nothing.

"The car driver was bleeding from his head and he seemed in a lot of pain. He kept putting his head over the wheel and I tried to calm him and talk to him until the ambulance arrived very quickly afterwards."

Mr Middleton, 56, added: "I’m a bit shaken up. "We just do what we do without thinking at the time. "I just reacted like anyone would do."

Fire fighters from Blandford and Wimborne using three sets of hydraulic cutting equipment took 45 minutes to free the injured driver before he was taken to Poole Hospital with a broken pelvis and legs.



December 7, 2011 BEIJING, CHINA

Zhengzhou) this morning, Zhengzhou serious tanker spill occurred hydrochloric acid leakage section of the incident was corrosion, the air was filled with white smoke, visibility is very low, was caused by traffic congestion, fire after four hours of intense rescue, the danger was only lifted at 8:00 pm, 107 State Road in Zhengzhou and Lian-Huo

Fire crew at the tanker in China

Fire crew at the tanker in China

Expressway intersection under the bridge, bound from Kaifeng, Xinxiang, a set of over 15 tons of concentrated hydrochloric acid tank vehicles, tank severely broken down car tank filled with concentrated hydrochloric acid rupture under multiple leaks. a large area surrounding the formation of acid mist, and wind spreads out, the air filled with the pungent smell everywhere.

In view of the scene is more complex, with a corrosive material leak, the accident occurred at the highway exit, traffic is heavy, prone to poisoning

Fire and rescue personnel while in the next 500 meters and the wind direction of 300 meters upwind of the establishment of warning respectively. , evacuation of surrounding residents, the implementation of traffic control at the same time, on-site with water mist gun diluted hydrochloric acid diffusion control, the concentration detected at any time, view the tanker defects, leaking part. The traffic police department will arrange trailer tanker accident off the mouth of the bridge slope, and the tank has been re-sealed reinforcement.

Multi-staff after nearly 4 hours of hectic, dangerous situation was completely removed, leaking hydrochloric acid Jumping white mist and foam gradually dissipated.



December 8, 2011 Carroll County Maryland USA Carroll County tanker crash

A crash involving a tanker truck that spilled 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel and sent two people to Shock Trauma could've been much, much worse, police said.

The incident occurred just after noon Wednesday when a fuel tanker, owned by Westminster-based Bosley Oil, Inc., struck a Buick just in front of the Royal Farms store on Md. 140 near Bethel Road, causing the tanker to overturn crossing an embankment and coming within feet of striking active gas and diesel fuel pumps, as well as a propane hauler that was parked in the lot of the Royal Farms

"How it got there I don’t know. It’s a miracle it didn’t strike an active fuel pump and cause an explosion," said Lt. Jim DeWees, commander of the Westminster barrack of the Maryland State Police.

"If you would've looked at it, you would've thought it unloaded the gas there and it made a U-turn and overturned," he said. "It's just enough room, literally, to get that fuel tank on its side.

"Minus the environmental impact, this could've been a lot worse."



December 8, 2011 Moretown Vermont USA-

Three people are dead after a crash in Moretown.

Emergency Services at Moretown incident

Emergency Services at Moretown incident

It happened on Route 100B around 12:45 p.m. Police say a car and a propane tanker collided. Three people in the car were killed.

Rescue crews said it was the worst crash they'd seen.

It is not clear at this point what caused the crash. The roadway is closed as crews work to offload the propane and that is forcing drivers to take a big detour.



December 15, 2011 Montebello California USA Tanker on fire in California

A 10-mile stretch of Southern California freeway, closed when a gasoline tanker fire melted part of an overpass and snarled rush-hour commuter traffic in and out of Los Angeles, is scheduled to reopen Friday after the overpass is at least partly demolished.

Engineers examined the blackened, pitted Paramount Boulevard span over State Highway 60 in the suburb of Montebello on Thursday and determined that at least the eastern lanes would have to be torn down. Heavy tractors moved in to begin the work immediately.

"There's too much structural damage," California Highway Patrol Officer Luis Mendoza said. "They don't think it can support weight on top."

Inspectors, meanwhile, were checking the western side of the overpass to determine if it must also be razed.

In either case, the huge stretch of highway that serves as a key connection to downtown Los Angeles will reopen Friday afternoon in time for that day's evening rush hour, said California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kelly Markham.

"You will look up overhead and where you used to see bridge you will sky," she said.

The freeway's closure shortly after noon Wednesday delayed rush-hour commuters for hours that night and again Thursday morning.

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Please note that there will not be a February 2012 edition of the CROIERG Web News.

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