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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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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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January 2014


Members are advised that there have been changes in the location of trailers in Central Queensland.

A new pump equipped trailer has been delivered and it and the older spill response trailer are now based in Gracemere (Rockhampton) Queensland

They are located at the Emerald Carrying Company Depot at 106 Douglas Street Gracemere Qld

All members have been advised of these changes by email and also an updated trailer contact list has been sent to all members

Any further trailer contact changes will be promptly advised to members

The web based trailer contact criteria has also been updated

The CROIERG Trailer Contacts file can be accessed by going to the following link.

This includes recent contact changes for Benalla, Holbrook and Wauchope locations


As Year 2013 comes to its conclusion as on behalf of the CROIERG Committee and as Secretary of the group I would like to say a very big “THANK YOU” to TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre) CEO Bob Waldron, Executive Manager Paul Harrison and the TISC staff for their splendid co-operation during the past 12 months.

Besides the professional training skills they offer on our behalf TISC provide a base for our Canberra Store complex. The area allocated for the our shipping containers enables us to have seven (7) trailers in a secure environment and also our consignments of back-up supplies and other essential equipment

Roger Van Cornewal does a first class job in looking after our trailers and equipment. Not to mention the stocking of new spill response trailers to our agreed format, which is very important in putting in place a uniform platform for this important area

It’s in the creek down there.?

Thank you the people at TISC in Canberra



In the class room

The Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) is putting in place an “EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST LIST” for the training courses. See below for contact details


Paul Harrison Executive Manager
Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC) 441 Sutton Road, Canberra ACT

TISC PO Box 6074 Queanbeyan NSW 2620

(02) 6297 7187 Mobile 0407 223 125

Email : -


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The TISC Training Complex is located at: -

441 Sutton Road. Majura (Canberra) ACT

  • MANAGERS COURSE: - Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response

  • RESPONDERS COURSE: - “Course in Dangerous Goods Road Transport Emergency Recovery Operations”.

For detailed information on the two programs go to the link below

Emergency Response Program Information [pdf]







$2,100 + $88 for Responder Card

Combined Manager & Responder Course/s (5-Day)

$3,300 + $88 for Responder Card


For information on the Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Card see below

The AFAC (Australasian Fire Authorities Council) Brochure explains all facets of the responder card and the brochure is an excellent point of reference.

Please go to the link below to access the required information.

Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Card [pdf]

CROIERG STOCKS (Canberra Store)

With the delivery of five (5) Pump-Equipped Spill Response Trailers in recent months our back up supplies has been gradually drawn down.

We have now been purchasing considerable amounts of equipment to build up the supplies to cater for the stocking of two more new trailers in the New Year

These units will also be equipped with diaphragm pumps and configured the same as the previous units. Our estimated investment including manufacture and stocking of the two trailers will be approx. $45,000

The decision on the location of the units will be decided by the CROIERG Committee at their first CROIERG Committee Meeting in 2014



Note carefully the part re the requirement for prepared emergency plans to be followed in an emergency situation

Fuel Spill

The laws governing the transport of dangerous goods such as chemicals on road and rail will be updated in line with the latest international guidelines, in a package of proposed amendments released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) for public consultation today.

NTC Chief Executive and Commissioner, Mr Paul Retter AM said that dangerous goods comprise 8%* of total freight transported by road and rail in Australia.

“Dangerous goods can present an acute risk to life, health, property and the environment, especially when being transported,” said Mr Retter.

“The changes we have proposed will ensure that dangerous goods continue to be safely and efficiently transported in Australia.”

Some of the changes proposed in the package include:

  • Updating markings and labels to be consistent with regulations for air and sea transport;

  • Improving certainty for business by incorporating approved exemptions into law;

  • A clear requirement for prime contractors and drivers to carry transport documents and emergency information so that they are easily locatable in the event of an emergency; and

  • Introducing the requirement for prepared emergency plans to be followed in an emergency situation.

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7th Edition (ADG7) regulates the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail.

“With many goods being imported and exported within Australia every day, it is important to minimise inconsistencies when transporting dangerous goods, nationally, internationally and across the different transport modes. This improves Australia’s global competiveness and brings Australia into line with international best practice,” said Mr Retter.

ADG7 is based on United Nations (UN) Model Regulations, which are internationally accepted as the principal technical standards underpinning the transport of dangerous goods. The UN Model Regulations are updated periodically, and this amendment package proposes changes to bring ADG7 in line with the latest editions (16th and17th) of the UN Model Regulations.

“In addition to the updates based on the latest UN Regulations, since ADG7 was introduced in 2007 our stakeholders have identified a number of issues, including corrections, technical updates and clarifications of existing legislative requirements. These also form part of the amendment package released today.”

ADG7 provides detailed technical specifications, requirements and recommendations applicable to the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail, including requirements concerning classification, packaging, marking and labelling and documentation.

The amendments were developed in consultation with key industry representatives and the Transport of Dangerous Goods Maintenance Group. This Group includes representatives from each state and territory, the Commonwealth, regulators of dangerous goods transport for air and sea, and emergency services.

Items classified as dangerous goods can range from everyday household goods such as cosmetics and cleaning products, to fuels and industrial chemicals.

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November 28, 2013 Toronto Canada

The Canadian Trucking Alliance is asking the federal government to invalidate contract clauses compensating shippers from liability in case of incidents involving dangerous goods such as crude oil.

CTA’s president and CEO, David Bradley, commented: “We strongly believe the most effective thing governments can do is to take the recommended actions to reduce the risk of highway accidents and to make sure that the parties whose negligence causes an accident are held liable for the claims.”

The growing trend of shippers including clauses in freight contracts that compensate them from liability from their own negligence goes against both public interest and policy, the CTA says.

The discussion comes in light of last summer’s Lac Megantic accident when several rail tank cars carrying crude oil derailed.

After that incident, the federal government wrote some big clean up cheques and called for increased insurance coverage for rail carriers and shippers.

But an incident of the magnitude of Lac Megantic is unlikely to occur with trucks, the CTA says.

In a report stating its position on the transportation of dangerous goods by truck, the CTA found that the frequency and severity of highway incidents involving trucks carrying dangerous goods is extremely low.

The report analyzed 328 dangerous goods incidents involving trucks in 2012 and found that the number of incidents was 1.64 every 10,000 shipments, with a majority (56.4 percent) of the releases of product under 500 litres, or in other words, minor. These incidents are usually cleaned up with little or no environmental damage.

Highway accidents, where the public is most at risk, accounted for 16.2 percent of all incidents, which means they happened as often as 0.27 times every 10,000 shipments.

Despite their rarity, the major accidents, which account for 6.4 percent of all incidents, are the main cause (56.8 percent) of releases of product larger than 5,000 litres.

“I think we can conclude from this white paper that overall the TDG regulations are effective in preventing dangerous goods incidents where trucks are involved,” Bradley said.

Even so, the CTA advisory committee on dangerous goods has been struck to look at the regulations in more detail.

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December 14, 2013 Otero County New Mexico USA

It was training day Saturday for several city and county firefighters at the Otero County Fire Training Center on U.S. Highway 70 West.

About a dozen firefighters from around the county received training in hazardous material operations and awareness for the county-wide HazMat response team.

"It is a HazMat exercise to make sure we are proficient and able to deal with hazardous materials incidents," Otero County Emergency Coordinator Paul Quairoli said. "In (Saturday's) exercise, it's a tanker rollover with combustible liquid leaking out of it."

He said firefighters are tested on how to enter the scene, how to find chemicals at the location, scene assessment, execution of safety procedures and several other factors.

He said priorities for the HazMat team include the safety of personnel and those involved with the accident, identifying possible environmental damage and preventing possible property damage. He said Saturday's scenario required firefighters to identify and mitigate any chemical damage caused by a leak

Quairoli said training is required to keep the county's certification, and it allows firefighters to gain continuing education hours. He said HazMat training can vary from four hours to two days. Saturday's trainees had experience ranging from one year to about 37 years.

"We have a series of props we can use," he said. "Whether it be search and rescue, structural firefighter training, chemical leaks, with these props -- the vehicle fire prop, flammable liquids pit -- there are a series of things we have out here to test proficiency or train firefighters because not all firefighters do HazMat."

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NEW PRODUCTS (Small Leaks)

Following several enquiries from members we are importing a specialised product from the United States to cater for small leaks, tank cracks etc

The product is “Plug N Dike® which seals of petrol diesel, solvent and other chemicals

Plug N Dike® seals immediately and no surface preparation is required

The manufacturer is PND Corporation which is based in Washington State USA


We will place a small container of the product in each of our spill response trailers and these will be mailed to each trailer location as soon as they arrive


We have been in negotiations with a manufacturer located in Delaware USA regarding a product for responding to land and water based spillages. We had earlier contacts with the company in 2012 when they appointed an Australian Distributor. This didn’t work out and the franchise of the distributor has been withdrawn

Following our recent correspondence the company has kindly made arrangements for shipping samples of their product to CROIERG for evaluation and testing

To quote from the manufacturer’s website: -

Please note we have deleted the name of the product from the following web extract as our dealings at this stage are Commercial-in-Confidence”

CROIERG Members will be kept up dated on progress

HAZMAT First Responders including fire departments, industry spill response teams, law enforcement, highway maintenance crews, contractors, government environmental agencies and the military regularly deal with environmental incidents.

The products are well suited to address these spills and simplify the process providing the responders with a safer solution which completely controls and absorbs the liquid, reducing toxic fumes and vapors up to 600% and lowering the concentration of hazardous vapors in the air to below the Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) thereby reducing the risk of explosions.


Tanker and train crash in Indonesia

Rescuers at Jakarta tanker and train incident


Tanker on fire


Crowd control in Jakarta

December 9, 2013 Jakarta Indonesia

Several people died after a train crashed into a Pertamina gasoline tanker at a railroad crossing in Bintaro on Monday morning, causing one female-only carriage to overturn and burst into flames.

“Five people have died, nine have sustained serious injuries and 82 others were injured,” National Police spokesman Rikwanto said on Monday evening.

Antonius Tarigan, a BeritaSatu TV reporter on the scene, said the tanker had driven too fast across the railway track, while the barrier had come down too late.

Police officers, soldiers, firefighters and officials from the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) spent Monday afternoon evacuating the victims, police said.

Rikwanto said three men and two women were killed in the crash. They have been identified as the train driver, Darman, his assistant, M. Suhbi, and technician Sofyan Hadi. The two female passengers were identified as 16-year-old Yuni, and Rosa, whose age could not be confirmed.

Transport officials confirmed that the overturned section of the train was a section reserved for women. Women-only carriages, which were introduced to give female passengers a greater sense of security, are fairly common on Jakarta’s rail network.

Commuter Line (KCJ), a subsidiary of state-owned train company Kereta Api Indonesia, said the rescue operation was still underway.

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200 people evacuated after tanker truck crashes on the Alaska Highway

December 9, 12013 Fort St John BC Canada

RCMP have ended the evacuation near the site of a tanker truck crash on the Alaska Highway in northeastern B.C., but a nearby school will remain closed throughout Monday.

The truck, carrying about 60,000 litres of gasoline, rolled over into a ditch around 7:30 p.m. PT Sunday. It is not clear yet how much fuel was spilled.

The crash closed the Alaska Highway about 88 kilometres north of Fort St John, near Wonowon, but it has since been reopened to single lane alternating traffic. There are no reported injuries, according to Fort St. John RCMP.

The area around the truck crash was evacuated overnight, including about 200 people at a work camp, gas station, and a few residences, which were taken to the local school to spend the night. Wonowon Elementary School will be closed for the day because of the incident, the school district website says.


December 3, 2013 Pennsylvania

Tanker on fire on overpass

A local trucking company may be liable for more costs after Pennsylvania State Police cited the driver for speeding in the May tanker crash that destroyed a part of the Interstate 81/Route 322 interchange in Dauphin County.

Police Tuesday announced its investigation found Thomas Uecker, 52, of Dover, Pa., was at fault in the tanker crash that took place on the ramp from I-81 north to Route 322 west. In the incident, the truck left its lane of travel, struck a guiderail, struck a concrete barrier and then flipped onto its side before bursting into flames.

The crash caused severe damage to the ramp and overpass, and resulted in the closure of the ramp where the tanker crashed and the removal of the overpass above it, which carried Route 22 over the interchange.

The Route 22 overpass was restored Nov. 21, and PennDOT said the Route 22/322 west ramp is expected to reopen by the end of December.

Because of the sheer amount of damage, State Police Public Information Officer Trooper Robert Hicks said it took time to put the pieces together for crash reconstruction.

“The most challenging factor was that the majority of the truck had been burned away,” Hicks said. “That definitely made it challenging — but just because it was challenging, that doesn’t mean we weren’t able to accurately figure out what happened.”

Police said the crash occurred as a result of the truck being operated at an excessive speed for the roadway. Uecker was cited for failing to drive a vehicle at a safe speed, failing to drive on roadways lined for traffic and accidents involving overturned vehicles.

That ruling means the Penn Township-based company Tameric Enterprises LLC, to which the tanker is registered, could be liable for costs associated with bridge repair. Greg Penny, spokesman for PennDOT, said the department intends to pursue damages with the trucking company.

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November 14, 2013 Los Angeles California

A fire on a big-rig truck hauling compressed hydrogen caused authorities to shut down the 60 Freeway in the San Gabriel Valley for nearly nine hours Thursday, prompting a shelter-in-place order and a massive rush-hour traffic backup across the region.

The fire was reported at 2:48 p.m. in the area of 60 Freeway at Hacienda Boulevard in Hacienda Heights, according to the California Highway Patrol’s online incident site.

The freeway, which links downtown Los Angeles to the Inland Empire, was shut down in both directions. As of 9:00 p.m. the westbound lanes were being reopened the CHP said in a tweet. The eastbound lanes were reopened around 11:30 p.m.

The driver, who survived, said the truck was carrying compressed hydrogen cylinders, the CHP’s Southern Division stated on Twitter.

Hydrogen cylinders incident scene

The entire cab of the truck was demolished. A column of smoke rose from the scene on the empty freeway, where firefighters were keeping their distance from the highly combustible material, aerial video showed.

County firefighters kept some distance as they put out the burning big-rig’s flames. “This is a very dynamic situation. We are playing a safety-by-the-numbers game,” fire Inspector Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Scott Miller said. “We’re not going to have our personnel attack this thing head on. It’s something we have to be cautious with.”

Residents in the area had been ordered to shelter in place, fire officials said.

The firefight continued into dark even after the flames in the cab were extinguished, with 2,000 gallons per minute being streamed onto the truck, according to fire Inspector Tony Akins.

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November 18, 2013 Shelbyville Tennessee USA

Firefighters at methanol tanker explosion

One employee suffered serious burns in a methanol explosion at Southern Energy, Lane Parkway, officials said today.

The employee, whose identity has not been released, was loading fuel into a tanker when the explosion occurred, Fire Chief Ricky McConnell said. "The whole wall of the building suddenly blew off," James Brewer, who was standing nearby, said. Several Shelbyville firefighters said they heard the blast from the fire hall a block away.

The extent of the employee's burns is uncertain, McConnell said. He was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center

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December 1, 2013 New Hanover County, NC USA

A fuel tanker rolled over in New Hanover County spilling fuel and closing roads late Saturday night.

According to authorities, the intersection of Highway 421 and Interstate 140 was closed while crews cleared the scene.

Authorities said the tanker was carrying 6500 gallons of #2 Diesel Fuel at the time of the accident. Some of the fuel leaked out of the tanker, and officials say Southeastern Response was on scene collecting about 1,000 gallons that spilled out.

Haz-Mat Technicians have determined the fuel leaked from three holes in the container. The fuel was unloaded from the tanker instead of trying to patch the holes.

Officials say the fuel that spilled from the tanker did not reach any bodies of water, but it collected in nearby containment ponds that were dry.

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December 2, 2013 Montreal Canada

Product transfer in Montreal

Most of the Metropolitan has reopened after a gasoline spill from a 53-foot tanker truck caused havoc on the highway for much of Monday.

The spill, on the westbound side, between St. Michel Blvd. and Christophe Colomb Ave., was called in at 10:50 a.m. The highway was closed in both directions for several hours.

Shortly before 2 p.m. the eastbound portion was reopened.

By late afternoon, two of three westbound lanes were back in service. As of 7:30 p.m., the right-hand lane remained closed near d’Iberville St., Transport Quebec said. Because of the flammable liquid, there are several fire trucks at the scene.

Transport Quebec and the Environment Ministry are on site to assess the possible dangers of the 1,000-litre spill. A second tanker was on site to empty what fuel remained in the damaged truck.

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December 16, 2013 Rolleston Queensland

Helicopter on highway in Qld

The Dawson Highway expected to be closed for most of the day after a fuel tanker rollover 50km east of Rolleston early this morning.

The Department of Main Roads has issued an advisement saying the highway between Bauhinia and Rolleston is closed to all vehicles due to a truck rollover.

"An exclusion zone is in place," the department's notice stated. "The Queensland Police Service expects this road to be closed all day."

The tanker was leaking a small amount of fuel. It was carrying 3000 litres of aviation fuel and 1000 litres of diesel.

The 53-year-old male driver of the tanker was extracted from the wreckage by emergency services and taken to Rockhampton by RACQ Capricorn Rescue in a stable condition. He had a suspected broken arm and spinal injury.

Earlier, the CQ Regional Road Report Facebook page stated the road would likely be closed for most of the day. The status said the accident was at Expedition Range about a 100km west of Moura.

"Rescue 300 will be landing on Dawson Highway to airlift truck driver. Highway will remain closed most of the day Exclusion zone is in place."


December 16, 2013 Southern Alaska

Kake Cannery Alaska

Thousands of gallons of gasoline spilled into a harbor in southern Alaska on Saturday after a pump used to funnel fuel into boats was accidentally severed, representatives from Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed Monday.

Initial reports indicated that 7,000 gallons of gasoline had leaked, but Sarah Moore, the DEC coordinator for pollution incident response in Southern Alaska, told ThinkProgress on Monday that more recent estimates from the village of Kake are suggesting a spill of about 5,500 gallons. Workers at the small harbor in Kake, a town with a population of about 500, had discovered the incident Saturday morning, Moore said, after noticing a strong odor of gasoline.

The spill is especially unwelcome for those in the rural village, whose residents rely on fish and subsistence to get by, according to a report in the Alaska Dispatch.

“It’s certainly a significant volume,” Moore said of the size of the spill, adding that the DEC has not yet received any reports of oiled wildlife. “There have been some concerns raised about clam and geoduck beds near the area, so I’m working with the Environmental Health division on that.”

The spill occurred after a hose running underneath the fuel dock — likened to a gas station for boats — was damaged, apparently due to changes in tide and wind overnight. The hose was connected to a 7,000-gallon gasoline tank onshore, causing gas to flow through the hose and into the water. Moore said the fact that the spill was of pure gasoline rather than oil would make cleanup a little more dangerous at first, but ultimately easier to accomplish.

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December 17, 2013 Cherokee County, NC (USA

Tanker after recovery in North Carolina

A tanker carrying close to 9,000 gallons of fuel wrecked Monday morning in Cherokee County, causing major delays for drivers.

The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. on U.S. 64 in Murphy, North Carolina. The truck did not spill any fuel onto the road but getting the tanker back upright, and the fuel into another truck was no easy task.

It took more than nine hours to get things moving again. Students and teachers were not only delayed in getting to school, but several businesses were closed down as crews worked to clear the scene.

"It affects local businesses and commercial traffic back and forth. It's a major thoroughfare between Murphy, North Carolina and Chattanooga, Tennessee," says Murphy Fire Chief Al Lovingood.

Traffic crawled Monday morning on Highway 64 in Murphy. A tanker ran into the median, flipping on its side "Small vehicle traffic was rerouted about 10 miles and commercial traffic about 40 miles," says Lovingood.

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December 17, 2013 Waterbury Connecticut USA

Tanker rollover in the snow in Connecticut

Hamilton Avenue in Waterbury was closed around 6 p.m. on Tuesday so crews could clean up an oil spill caused by an overturned tanker truck.

The truck flipped on its side at Hamilton Avenue and Lake Pearl Road in Waterbury Tuesday afternoon and spilled between 100 and 150 gallons of oil, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The remaining oil was drained from the 3,000 gallon tanker and the truck was uprighted around 6 p.m., according to the DEEP. They closed the road to clean up the oil that leaked from the truck.


December 18, 2013 Nassau County New York State USA

Tanker fire on Long Island

A fuel truck heading east in Bellmore flipped over after striking a car, spilling fuel and setting a massive blaze to the area.

The Nassau County Police Department has reported an auto accident which occurred around 11:52 PM on Tuesday, December 17. According to the report, a fuel truck was heading eastbound on Sunrise Highway in Bellmore when it struck the back of another vehicle stopped at a red light on Newbridge Road.

Upon impact, the truck flipped on its side and skidded forward before coming to a stop near Brevoort Place, spilling fuel along the way.

The oil caught fire, setting a massive blaze to the area and damaging nearby property as well as parked cars.

Nassau Police say that the drivers of both the tanker and the car it struck were rescued from their vehicles and taken to nearby hospitals. Details about their injuries are presently unknown, and the investigation is ongoing


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