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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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May 2013

CROIERG COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON MAY 14TH IN CANBERRA

The CROIERG Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday May 14th, 2013 at the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) Training Complex 441 Sutton Road, Canberra ACT

The meeting will be held in the TISC Board Room

Members with items for the meeting agenda please contact the CROIERG Secretary

Ph 0428 627 777 or (02) 6226 1752

Postal PO Box 362 Yass NSW 2582

Email eejoconn@bigpond.net.au

TRAINING COURSES

STAGE 2 TRAINING COURSE DATES FOR 2013

STAGE 2 (Practical) Training Courses will be conducted at the TISC Training Complex on:

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RESPONDERS

June 26th to 28th

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MANAGER'S & RESPONDER'S

September 9th to 13th

 

ALL TRAINING COURSE BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE MADE TO:

Trish Mooney. Business Administration Manager
Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC) 441 Sutton Road, Canberra ACT

TISC PO Box 6074 Queanbeyan NSW 2620

(02) 6297 7187

Email TrishMooney@SRDTC.com

TRAINING COURSES INFORMATION

  1. Stage1 (Managers) Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response
  2. Stage 2 (Responders) Course in Dangerous Goods Road Transport Emergency Recovery Operations
  3. For detailed information on the two programs go to the link below

TRAINING COURSE COSTS

Managers

$1,800

Responders

$2,100 + $88 for Responder Card

Combined Manager & Responder Course/s

 

$3,300 + $88 for Responder Card

POWER POINT PRESENTATION ON TANKER ROLLOVERS AND THE NEED FOR TRAINING

We have put together a short PowerPoint Presentation to assist members further understand various points in regard to road tanker rollovers and included some United States statistics as a bit of a guideline. Ed

A DISCIPLINED APPROACH TO EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Emergency Response Chart

We have had quality large (600mm x 385mm) quick reference charts of this first class emergency response process especially printed for member use.

We are making the chart available to members at the cost of printing & postage

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  • The Chart is a data gathering and decision making process to aid responders in handling emergencies in a logical, methodical manner

They are in colour with a protective coating on a lightweight corflute material (600mm x 385mm)

Priced at $54.78 each including GST and Postage

Contact:

The CROIERG Secretary PO Box 362 YASS NSW 2582

Ph Mobile 0428 627 777 Email eejoconn@bigpond.net.au

To order the Emergency Response Chart go to the link below, complete the Order Form and return to the CROIERG Secretary

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NTTC CALLS ON TANK FLEETS TO HELP PROMOTE FIRE WATER TANKER ROLLOVER VIDEO (USA)

The present Cargo Tank Rollover Video is available on the CROIERG website. We will also put the new video version on the website when it is available and we will make the information available to our local Rural Fire Services in particular. Ed

April 17, 2013

National Tank Truck Carriers will soon issue an updated version of its Cargo Tank Rollover Prevention Video with a new introduction inviting emergency responders who drive water tankers to view the video. The association wants to make sure the video reaches as many emergency responders as possible and is enlisting the help of the tank truck industry in that effort.

"There have been a number of emergency responders killed or injured in water tanker rollovers in recent years," says Dan Furth, NTTC president. "The principles presented in our commercial tank truck driver video are certainly relevant to water tanker drivers, many of whom are volunteer fire fighters."

He adds that NTTC would be most interested in knowing of any outreach efforts tank truck carriers have initiated with emergency responders in their areas of operation. "Help us share any ideas we can suggest to others, such as providing safety training to these people who serve their communities," he says. "NTTC will make the video available on our website (www.tanktruck.org) and will send our members a CD that can be copied and shared with emergency responders in their operating areas."

Source bulktransporter.com

THE DANGER AT LEVEL CROSSINGS

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) Report

This ATSB Report will be of interest to everyone, especially truck drivers. Ed

April 19, 2013Rail Crossing Accident

The continuing problem of road users failing to yield to trains at level crossings has been highlighted in the ATSB's latest investigation into the fatal 2012 accident near Port Germein in South Australia.

The accident occurred on 19 March at the Port Flinders Causeway Road level crossing. A Pacific National ore train was travelling on the interstate main line between Port Augusta and Port Pirie. As the train drew closer to the level crossing, it slowed for a temporary speed restriction of 50 km/h. About 200 m from the level crossing, the train driver saw two motor vehicles travelling towards the crossing. He immediately sounded the train's horn.

The first car, a yellow Hyundai Accent, appeared to be slowing; the train driver sounded the horn a second time just as the vehicle disappeared from his view behind some thick vegetation. As the car re-emerged from behind the vegetation, it looked as if it would stop at the crossing.

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Rail Crossing

The train driver sounded the horn a third time, continuously. However, the car continued and entered the level crossing into the path of the train. The train driver made an emergency brake application, but, given the train's closeness to the level crossing and its relative size and weight, it was unable to stop before colliding with the car.

Although they vaguely recalled hearing a horn, they did not relate this to the approaching train

The front of the train struck the passenger side of the motor vehicle and then continued to travel around 256 m past the level crossing. The car's passenger died in the accident and the driver sustained serious injuries. The locomotive crew were shaken but not hurt. The motor vehicle was severely damaged, the train received minor damage. There was little damage to the track and fixed infrastructure.

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BEAVERS HELP CONTAIN FUEL SPILL, RECOVER SLOWLY (Utah)

6 BEAVERS AT WILLARD BAY HELP CONTAIN FUEL SPILL, MAKE PROGRESS AT REHABILITATION CENTER

March 28, 2013 Salt Lake City Utah USA

A group of at least six beavers at a Utah bird refuge have emerged as key players in helping contain a fuel leak that left half of them with severe burns. The fuel spill leaked about 27,000 gallons (105,000 litres) of crude oil into soil and marshes at Willard Bay State Park last week after a split in a Salt Lake City-to- Spokane, Wash. pipeline.

The beavers' dam blocked a hefty portion of diesel from rolling onto the bay, though it's uncertain exactly how much, officials said. Three of the beavers were rescued earlier this week, and three more that were rescued Tuesday night are being cared for under a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah program.

"That dam absolutely saved the bay," said Dalyn Erickson, a wildlife specialist running the program. The dam held fuel in place and kept it from going any further, she said.

The beavers that were part of the group rescued Tuesday night had burns on their skin and eyes, and only patches of fur left on their bodies. Erickson said she worries that some of the newly rescued beavers might not survive the fallout from the spill.

Beaver being cleaned up

Beaver being cleaned up

It's unknown whether any other beavers might remain near the fuel leak site and have yet to be rescued, officials said.

One of the new beavers, a head-strong mother, is resisting the three-a-day cleanings with Dawn dish soap. So Erickson and other workers had to sedate her. Workers brought in more than 40 large bottles of the soap to scrub the beavers clean during their hour-long baths.

The three animals rescued earlier in the week arrived at the center slicked with fuel but burn-free. They now show signs of recovery, Erickson said. For example, they're rubbing their bellies in an effort to groom themselves. One of them can't stop eating, Erickson says, a sign that he's getting stronger. Another is breathing gustily because the diesel burnt his nostrils. The last one is still exhausted, dozing off during bath time.

Protecting other animals and plants is part of the beavers' daily routine, said Phil Douglass, spokesman for the Department of Wildlife Resources. Beavers are natural homemakers, he said, crediting beaver dams, or "lodges," for drawing moose to Utah because moose like still waters for drinking. The dams also keep the water cool for trout and make surrounding areas healthier by inviting more plant growth.

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CROIERG TRAINING COURSE 2-PAGE FEATURE IN "TRAILER MAGAZINE"
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The March 2013 edition of Trailer Magazine contained a two-page feature article on CROIERG, with strong emphasis on the Training Courses

And a full page advertisement for the CROIERG Training Courses

FARMERS FACE MAY 10 DEADLINE FOR FUEL SPILL PLAN (USA)

New regulation designed to make sure farm spills of petroleum products do not contaminate waterways. It's getting tougher for farmers in the United States in regard to farm fuel. Will Aussie regulators pick up on this trend? Ed

April 8, 2013 USA

Farmers who maintain storage facilities for diesel fuel, gasoline or other petroleum products are facing a deadline of May 10 to have a written plan in place for handling a spill, the latest deadline in ongoing regulations designed to make sure spills of petroleum products do not contaminate waterways.

"We have tried very hard to get EPA to exempt agriculture from this regulation or at least to increase the volume of storage to a level where it will not affect most farmers and ranchers, but the effort has not been successful," says Steve Swaffar, who is working as interim government affairs director for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

Swaffar says that regulations have been in place for years requiring some kind of containment barrier around storage tanks that contain fuel and other petroleum products, such as motor oil, hydraulic fluids or lubricants.

"What is new is the requirement that every operator have a written plan for how a spill will be contained and cleaned up to prevent it from entering U.S. waters," he says. "It was originally set to take effect three years ago but EPA delayed implementation. Now, it looks like if you don't have a plan in place by May 10, you are going to be subject to civil penalties."

The plan must spell out what products are stored, what the volume of each tank is, what kind of containment is in place and what action will be taken if there is a spill. It also requires that farm employees be trained about handling a spill and disposing of the waste product, any contaminated absorbent materials used and any contaminated soil.

"There is an exception to the regulation if you can prove there is no way that a spill from your tank could ever, under any circumstances hit waters of the U.S.," he says. "But the bar has been set very high on that proof and it is my opinion that most people would not be able to get there."

He says the regulations are a "hassle" for farmers because they aren't simply storing petroleum products in the way that the tank farms attached to pump jacks store oil.

"These are facilities that are being used, that you have to move vehicles and equipment up to for fuelling," he says. "It requires that you have some way to drive through the containment structure or a delivery system that goes over it or through it somehow. It isn't exactly an easy engineering feat to put a gate in a berm."

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TANKER TRUCK OVERTURNS ON BUSINESS 85 IN GUILFORD COUNTY (North Carolina)

Truck carried 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel

March 27, 2013 Guilford County North Carolina USA

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Overturned tanker in North Carolina

Emergency services at tanker wreck

Emergency services at tanker wreck

A Winston-Salem truck driver was injured in a fuel tanker crash Wednesday that closed Business 85 in both directions for about six hours The crash happened just before 11 a.m. in the median near the exit to Vickery Chapel Road and Guilford College Road.

Richard Szajlai, 48, of Winston-Salem, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The road reopened just before 5 p.m.

Szajlai was traveling in the left lane when he ran off to the left and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to overturn, troopers said. Szajlai was charged with failure to maintain a lane. The truck was carrying 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel.

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TRAIN DERAILS, SPILLS OIL NEAR PARKERS PRAIRIE (Minnesota)

March 28, 2013 Parkers Prairie Minnesota USAMinnesota derailments

Tanker railcars carrying crude oil derailed north of Parkers Prairie just after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The Canadian Pacific Railroad train was traveling southeast past the intersection of 150th Street and 555th Avenue when it lost air pressure for its brakes and went into emergency mode, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

Fourteen cars derailed, some of them completely off the tracks. Three tankers ruptured and either leaked oil or spilled oil.

An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 gallons leaked over the frozen ground but a spokesperson for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) said that crews were able to control the spill, containing it in a farm field and ditch. Because the ground was frozen, the MPCA said that ground water isn't threatened.

Excavation work will continue at the site to see if any oil leaked into the soil. No injuries were reported.

The train had 94 cars and was about 5,700 feet long. It carried a mix of cargo and was traveling from western Canada to Chicago.

The Parkers Prairie Fire Department, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Canadian Pacific personnel responded to the scene.

Source echopress.com/event/article/id/103192

OIL SPILL THREATENS SPAIN'S BEST BEACH (Spain)

4,000 LITERS OF OIL WASHED ASHORE ON BREATH-TAKING AS CATEDRAIS

March 17, 2013

Ace Catedrais in Lugo (Spain)

Ace Catedrais in Lugo (Spain)

A sabotage on four tank trucks parked near by a petrol station in Os Castros, in Ribadeo (Galicia), has caused a 4,000-liter oil spill.

And part of this floating oil has been washed ashore on O Castro and As Catedrais beaches, in the same region, the latter having been recently chosen as Spain's best beach and sixth in the world recently.

The Xunta de Galicia, regional government, has put into operation a special marine emergency plan, and now is adamant that the spill is under control.

Sources from Protección Civil, Spain's civil defense association, said that the spillage occurred at 8.00 hours on Sunday. At that time, up to ten tank trucks were parked not far from the heaven-like beach.

Four of them were found yesterday with slashed tyres and their oil tanks pierced, what apparently caused the 4,000-liter spill


A support logistics group by the Axencia Galega de Emerxencias, Galician Agency for Emergencies, coast guards and experts from the regional Calidade and Avaliación Ambiental department have started a rushed clean-up operation.

In the next hours they are also to take samples to determine what impact has had the spill on the environment, especially on barnacles and sea urchins. Similarly, a study on contaminated sandy areas will be kick-started.

Source 02b.com/en/notices/2013/03/oil_spill_threatens_spain_s_best_beach_4252.ph

AFD TRAINS FOR A HAZMAT EMERGENCY (New Mexico)

April 1, 2013 Albuquerque New Mexico (USA)

Training for HAZMAT in New Mexico

Training for HAZMAT in New Mexico

There have been only a handful of tanker rollovers on the interstates in Albuquerque in the past decade, but it's the one you're not prepared for that becomes a catastrophe, Albuquerque Fire Department Lt. Jeff Hankins said.

"We've had occurrences like this over the years, but we haven't necessarily been equipped and trained to handle them like we are now," Hankins said.

AFD has teams of "hazmat technicians" from fire stations citywide training on a simulated tanker rollover accident scene at its training grounds west of the city. "It's important that we be prepared and equipped to respond to this type of emergency to protect the public from a potential disaster," Hankins said.

At one training session on Thursday, hazmat technicians from stations on the West Side and throughout the city learned how to eliminate static electricity as a danger and how to offload explosive or volatile fuels from an overturned semi-trailer.

Fireman Adan Ortega straddled the overturned tanker as firefighter Miguel Solis worked to reduce the amount of static electricity from the tank that could provide the spark for a potential explosion.

The process involves setting up a grounding field where any static electricity can be sent safely. "The lack of humidity and our cooler temperatures creates a time bomb for static electricity, so the first thing we learn is how to get rid of the static electricity," Hankins said, adding that all of the equipment used in the procedure is properly grounded.

"If everything is done properly," he said, "there's little to no danger to the firefighters."

While in full gear, one of the firefighters drilled a hole so the flammable or combustible product inside can be off loaded before the tanker is rolled back upright, Hankins said.

Each tanker could hold up to 10,000 gallons of fuel, which if the tanker is not unloaded properly, could result in a "catastrophic river of fire and a very large explosion," Hankins said.

The department is providing the training now because it has completed acquiring the equipment needed to provide it, he said. Until now, the department has had to contract with specialized companies to provide the service.

Because Albuquerque has major freeway interchanges crossing it, hundreds of fuel tankers drive through the city daily with some sort of hazardous materials, Hankins said.

"Hopefully our technicians will never have to use this training, but if we do, we're prepared," he said. "It's something we should have been doing for years, so it actually is a good feeling to know we have the equipment and the personnel trained to be able to do it," he said.

Source abqjournal.com/main/2013/03/30/west/west-news/afd-trains-for-a-hazmat-emergency.html

HOLTSVILLE ROAD REOPENS AFTER TANKER TRUCK CRASH (New York State)

April 1, 2013 Holtsville New York State USA

Car underneath tanker in Holtsville

Car underneath tanker in Holtsville

An accident between a tanker truck and a vehicle outside the Northville fuel depot closed Union Avenue in Holtsville for cleanup of leaking gasoline Monday morning, Suffolk County police said.

The crash occurred at 4:14 a.m. and closed the road between Avenue C and Morris Avenue, police said.

Police said the tanker truck was leaving the terminal when it was T-boned by a 2005 Chevy.

The driver of the truck was not injured. The driver of the car, identified by police as Vincent Sanita, 26, of Selden, was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Source newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/holtsville-road-reopens-after-tanker-truck-crash-1.4978123

TANKER COLLAPSE SENDS 1200 LITRES OF DIESEL DOWN THE DRAIN (Queensland)

March 28, 2013 Toowoomba Queensland

Ruptured tanker in Qld

Ruptured tanker in Qld

About 1200 litres of diesel spilled into Boundary St at Wilsonton this morning when the legs of fuel tanker collapsed.

Emergency crews were called to the stricken Lowes Petroleum Services trailer at 8.47am.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Toowoomba area commander Inspector Eddie Lacko said workers and firefighters were able to stop leaking fuel from entering stormwater drains.

"The legs from underneath have given way and the tank has actually hit the ground and ruptured," Inspector Eddie Lacko said. "We will continue to decant from one tank into another."

"Once that's done the tanker will be righted and put on a transporter and removed."

A load of sand was spread over the diesel to soak it up before it was scooped up and disposed of. The street was blocked while firefighters and Toowoomba Regional Council workers made the scene safe.

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FUEL BARGES EXPLODE NEAR AUSTRALIAN SHIPYARD IN ALABAMA (USA)

April 25, 2013 Alabama USA

Fuel barge fire

Fuel barge fire

At least two fuel barges have exploded on Alabama's Mobile River near an Australian-owned shipyard, injuring three people.

The Mobile fire and rescue department said on its Twitter feed that two barges carrying natural gas exploded on the east side of the river. The department says there have been four subsequent explosions and it plans to let the barges burn because the situation is "too unstable".

Parts of Austal, an Australian-owned shipyard on the Mobile river, have been evacuated. Austal is a defence shipyard which fabricates boats for the US Navy. One of Austal's primary facilities is a defence shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia.

Austal's chief operating officer in WA, Andrew Bellamy, has confirmed to the ABC the barge explosions occurred near the Austal facility. "I'm aware that there's been an incident nearby," he said.

"Early reports are that a fuel barge that was offloading at another facility caught alight.

"One area of the Austal facility has been evacuated." Mr Bellamy says he does not know how many staff are at the facility, but that it was evacuated as a precaution. He could not say if any Australians were involved.

One Alabama resident told ABC News Online she felt the explosions from her house, some 48 kilometres away.

Source abc.net.au/news

DRIVER ON DRUGS CRASHES PROPANE TANKER (California)

April 13, 2013 Tehama County California USA

A potentially explosive vehicle crash affecting I-5 much of the morning, was caused by a driver allegedly under the influence.

A tanker filled with more than a thousand gallons of liquid propane, slipped off the side of the road and collided with a tree.

Emergency personnel found themselves in a precarious situation. They had to make a rescue, while dealing with a very explosive situation.

8:30 Tuesday morning, a fuel tanker exiting northbound I-5 slips off the side of the Bowman Road off-ramp.
"The truck was venting and obviously the load had shifted and there was some propane that had vented and we treated that as a release," said Officer Jake Bushey with the California Highway Patrol.

Officials could smell gas, but they didn't know how much had been released. They shut down I-5 to prevent any possible sources of ignition. Next, crews had to save the life of the truck driver who was still inside the wreckage.

"It came to rest obviously on its top, trapping the driver inside," said Bushey.
"So his lower extremities were pinned rather extensively between the wheel and some of the dash components," said Batt. Chief Hunt Dennis of Cal Fire Tehama County.

Fire fighters used the jaws of life to remove 46-year-old Roger Anthony of Lake County. He was flown to the hospital and arrested for being under the influence of prescription or illicit drugs.

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DRIVER IN WORCESTER CRASH CITED FOR TEXTING (Massachusetts)

March 28, 2013 Worcester MA USA

Wrecked car and tanker

Wrecked car and tanker

A Paxton man who was seriously injured in a March 1 crash on West Boylston Street has been cited for texting while driving, police said today.

Raymond Gouley, 18, of Paxton, who is in stable condition at UMass Memorial Medical Center -- University Campus, was cited for driving negligently as to endanger, sending electronic messages while driving, marked lanes violation and driving at a speed greater than reasonable. Mr. Gouley was driving about 60 mph near 322 West Boylston St. when his 1998 Chevrolet Malibu crashed into a tanker truck carrying 1,386 gallons of gasoline.

The accident, which happened around 2 p.m. March 1, occurred when Mr. Gouley, heading south on West Boylston Street, lost control of his car and crossed the median. Police said his car sideswiped a southbound Honda SUV before colliding head-on with the tanker truck. An off-duty officer in the area at the time had estimated Mr. Gouley's speed just before the crash at 90 mph, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Mr. Gouley was originally listed in critical condition after the crash. The tanker truck driver was uninjured.

Police said evidence suggested that Mr. Gouley was texting moments before the collision.

Source telegram.com

73 PERISH IN AUTO CRASHES: 60 KILLED, 5 VEHICLES, 17 SHOPS BURNT ON BENIN-ORE ROAD. 13 DIE IN ANAMBRA MULTIPLE CRASHES (Nigeria)

March 6, 2013 NIGERIA

Bus in tragic crash in Nigeria

Bus in tragic crash in Nigeria

nullNO fewer than 60 people lost their lives on Friday in an accident that occurred in Ugbogui village, along the Benin-Ore expressway. The crash involved a trailer belonging to the Dangote Group of Companies, a fuel tanker and a luxury bus belonging to The Young Shall Grow Transport Company.

In another multiple crash, 13 people were killed opposite Police Divisional headquarters at Ihiala, along Ihiala-Osha expressway, Anambra State.

According to an eyewitness, the accident along Benin-Ore road occurred at about 1.00 p.m. when the driver of the cement-laden Dangote truck, with registration number GA 71 XA, lost control of the truck after one of its tyres burst and ran into an already parked fuel tanker.

The tanker burst into flames on impact and the fire consumed everything within the radius of the accident, including the Dangote truck, the luxury bus and its passengers.

The fire also spread to a nearby mechanic workshop where it razed eight other vehicles. A nearby local market called Igbogui Market also got burnt.

Residents of the village estimated that there were about 56 passengers in the luxury bus.

When Saturday Tribune got to the scene of the accident at about 5.00 pm, not less than 15 vehicles were seen already burnt or still burning while about 17 shops were also razed by the inferno.

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EIGHT CHARRED TO DEATH AS LPG TANKER CATCHES FIRE AT PERNE (India)

April 9 2013 Puttur INDIA

The death toll have Increased to 8 after two injured persons passed away in hospitals later in the evening and total no of injured have increased to more than 10.

The tanker was transporting 16 tonnes of LPG for Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL).

Vasanth was delivering bakery products to a petty shop when his Omni van caught fire. Eyewitnesses said the driver was given first aid by locals before being taken to hospital.

As soon as the tanker overturned at a sharp curve, flash fires erupted in a 300-metre radius. Eight houses, petty shops and a garage were engulfed in the flames, the eyewitnesses said. Residents of a house who could not react quickly were burnt alive.

Total of 13 fire tenders with 65 personnel were employed for the task of controlling fire.

HPCL officials said: "It would be premature to speculate on the cause. An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the fire."

The condition of some people who managed to flee the area with burns is not known. Four vehicles were damaged.

Chief fire officer HS Varadarajan said: "The blaze was so intense that everything in a 300-metre radius was burnt, including houses and trees. We got the message around 10.10am. We first sent fire engines from Bantwal and Puttur, and then from Mangalore, Belthangady, Moodabidri and Karkala. The scene reminded me of the air crash of May 22, 2010."

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OIL SPILLS FROM OVERTURNED TANKER ON ICY SASKATCHEWAN HIGHWAY (Canada)

April 11, 2013 MOOSE JAW, Sask Canada

A cleanup is underway after a tanker truck rolled on an icy stretch of southern Saskatchewan highway.

RCMP say what's known as a B-Train -- a semi with two trailers -- rolled overnight at the Buffalo Pound Causeway on Highway 2 between Moose Jaw and Chamberlain.

No one was hurt, but an unknown volume of oil was spilled and traffic was halted in both directions.

Police say the icy conditions made it hard for emergency crews to get to the scene.

Saskatchewan Environment was overseeing the cleanup.

Mounties were warning drivers that the road could be closed for several hours.

Source ctvnews.ca/canada/oil-spills-from-overturned-tanker-on-icy-saskatchewan-highway-1.1233464

CLEANUP CONTINUES AFTER TANKER SPILLS 7,500 GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL ON HWY. 331 (Alabama)

April 12, 2013 MONTGOMERY CO Alabama USA

Tanker crash in Alabama

Tanker crash in Alabama

Traffic is being diverted off E. Boyd to Alabama 94 and will likely continue that way into Friday evening as crews work to clean up the large fuel spill from an overturned tanker truck.

The crash occurred Friday morning around 6:30 when the diesel fuel transporter crashed on U.S. Hwy 331 just south of Alabama 94. When the tanker overturned, it dumped more than 7,500 gallons of fuel onto the roadway.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Alabama Department of Transportation were notified of the spill. Alabama State Troopers say cleanup efforts will likely span throughout the weekend, but add that they will assist with traffic control until the cleanup is complete.

The tanker driver sustained minor injuries in the crash. An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

Source centralmontgomery.wsfa.com/news/news/255811-cleanup-continues-after-tanker-spills-7500-gallons-diesel-fuel-hwy-331

THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF FUEL SPILLS NEAR YUKON RIVER WHEN TANKER TRAILER OVERTRUNS (Alaska)

April 16, 2013 Fairbanks, Alaska

Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spilled near the Yukon River when a tanker trailer overturned.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner eports that about 2,800 gallons of diesel fuel spilled last week within 150 yards of the river near the village of Rampart, about 80 miles northwest of Fairbanks.

The fuel was spilled when a bulldozer pulling a tanker trailer lost control on a road west of the airport.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation officials say the trailer rolled into a ditch where its aluminium tank ruptured. A report issued Tuesday says 1,120 gallons were pumped from the trailer, which is not leaking. Cleanup of the contaminated snow has not begun.

Source newsminer.com

CAR, PROPANE TANKER COLLIDE; 1 IN SERIOUS CONDITION (Ohio)

April 13, 2013 West Jordan Ohio USA

Propane tanker wreckage

Propane tanker wreckage

Propane tanker blocks highway

Propane tanker blocks highway

A collision between a fuel tanker and a passenger car left one person with serious injuries.

Around 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning, a man driving a Toyota Avalon attempted to turn left on 7800 South and 1800 West into a McDonald's restaurant parking lot. The car crashed into a tanker hauling propane, and the truck rolled as a result of the collision.

The man driving the Avalon was taken via medical helicopter to an area hospital with serious injuries. He is expected to survive.

The truck's driver had only minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

According to West Jordan police, some of the propane spilled onto the roadway, and the fuel company had to empty the propane tank before they could tow the tanker, closing the road for some time. It has since been reopened.

Source ksl.com/?sid=24780524&nid=148

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