Truck Catches Fire After Deadly Accident in Gainesville, Florida
GAINESVILLE, FL- Wcjb.com writes that a fuel tanker caught on fire after a deadly crash over the weekend, leading to a large-scale fire-fighting effort that involved the evacuation of some residents from Northwest Gainesville. The incident took place in the early morning after the tanker crashed on Northwest 43rd Street. Reports indicate that by the time firefighters arrived on the scene the flames were hundreds of feet in the air.*
The Gainesville Fire Rescue stated that the truck was trying to make a U-turn, which caused two of the tanker’s fuel tanks to ignite. The tanker then exploded, knocking down power lines. The fire was extinguished by an Aircraft Rescue Fire-Fighting vehicle (ARFF), which used alcohol-resistant foam to smother the flames.
The power lines had to be de-energized, and once they were no longer charged, the rescue workers entered the scene with foam handlines, which put the fire out completely. The effort involved Gainesville Fire Rescue’s Hazardous Materials Team and the Environmental Protection Agency. The crews worked to clean the area and prevent the toxic run-off from entering the water supply in the area.
A part of the region remained without power for hours after the accident.
Tanker trucks are used to transport a variety of hazardous materials. While large truck crashes present plenty of dangers regardless of the materials being transported when hazardous materials are involved, the crashes can be only the beginning of the danger. When trucks carry flammable materials or toxic chemicals, fires or fumes can put people in danger after an accident even if they were not involved in the crash. The rescue efforts and clean up can be compromised by the toxic materials.
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