carrying hazardous chemical tips in Augusta Township
A tanker truck carrying anhydrous ammonia rolled
over on Willis Road west of Pittman in Augusta Township at about 10:33
a.m. June 4, according to reports from the Augusta Township Fire
Emergency crews, including members of the Washtenaw
County Hazardous Materials Response Team, responded to the site of the
accident to contain the spill of the dangerous chemical, which was to be
delivered to a farm on Willis Road.
Augusta Township Fire Chief Vic
Chevrette said the crash was caused by a hitch pin that came out,
resulting in the tanker rolling over on its side, and weighing of the
truck after the incident showed that about four gallons of anhydrous
ammonia may have leaked out of the tank.
was closed to traffic for approximately two hours, Chevrette said,
between Stony Creek and Hitchingham Roads while crews assessed the
situation and righted the overturned trailer.
owned by Crop Production Services, was leaking the chemical at valves
near the bottom of the tank, he said, which could have been dangerous to
humans in the area because the chemical can burn the skin and, if
released as a vapor, can damage the lung tissue of anyone breathing it
in, according to Augusta Township firefighters.
Hazardous Material Incident Reported at Lower Township Public Works -
Cape May County Herald
ERMA - On
Thurs. June 10, at approximately 9:10am the Lower Township Police
Department Received a report of a possible fire in a trash truck at the
Lower Township DPW, located on Seashore Road in the Townships Erma
Investigation on scene determined that DPW workers
observed white smoke coming from the back of a trash truck. Believing
the contents of the truck may be on fire some of the trash from inside
of the truck was dumped in the parking lot in order to extinguish the
At that time several DPW workers reported feeling
light headed as a result of breathing in the fumes that were coming from
Lower Township Police, Fire and Rescue units
responded to the area and requested the assistance of the County Office
of Emergency Management and the Counties Hazardous Material CBRN
Officials determined that discarded paint may have
mixed with another chemical agent inside of the truck causing a chemical
reaction releasing fumes.
Four DPW workers were evaluated
on scene by the Lower Township Rescue, but did not require
transportation to the hospital.
Fire Department stood by while the chemical was neutralized.
Train Derailment Prompts More Evacuations
LIBERTY, S.C. -- A train derailment in Liberty
prompted another mandatory evacuation order on Friday, affecting about
The Liberty Fire Department said
that 24 freight cars left the tracks on Thursday afternoon near the
intersection of south Norman Street and Farmers Hill
According to a statement by
Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Thom Berry, a
car carrying isopropyl alcohol, also known as rubbing alcohol, flipped,
spilling the highly flammable and toxic liquid.
Initially, 436 homes were evacuated near the scene,
but DHEC took air samples and determined that the air quality was not
effected. Everyone was allowed back in their homes by Friday
On Friday afternoon, officials
issued a new evacuation order because of a new chemical called toulene
diisocyanate, which is used in plastic and other chemical manufacturing.
They said that the chemical is in one of the train cars they are trying
to upright. They said that the evacuation order is a precaution
Officials said that residents
affected by the order can bring their receipt for their hotel stay to
the Liberty Fire Department, where they will be reimbursed by Norfolk
Southern. They said residents who cannot afford a hotel can seek
assistance at the Eastside Baptist Church at 920 Anderson
The train was pulling 110 cars
in all when the derailment happened, officials said. They said that as
of Friday afternoon, 12 of the derailed cars are
Officials said that all of the
leaks have been stopped or contained.
cause of the derailment is still being