08/18/12 198 W, 3 I - + 8 - 3 Tuesday's Tanker Incident in Warren County

FireNews.net has posted a story and photos from photographer John Franks, who was on scene at Tuesday's tanker incident in Warren County. About 4:40 p.m., Warrenton Fire Department was dispatched to an overturned vehicle about three miles south of town on Highway 401 at Rifle Range Road. Arriving units found a tractor-drawn tanker on its side. The cargo was 9,500 gallons of LP gas. No leak was detected.

Mutual aid was requested from neighboring Afton-Elberon FD. The county Fire Marshal's office was requested, and North Carolina Emergency Management was contacted. North Carolina Haz-Mat Regional Response Team 4, operated by the Raleigh FD, also responded to provide air monitoring and technical expertise. (That's 47.5 miles from Station 27, where Haz-Mat 2 is housed. Google Maps says 57 minutes driving time.)

Read the entire story to learn how the incident was mitigated, which involved off-loading the product into a second tanker (half before, half after) and utilizing three, count 'em three large wreckers (also from Raleigh, from Ivey's towing) to right the thing. And all while thunderstorms were steadily approaching. There's your pucker factor. And see many more photos on John's Flickr site. Good work!

John Franks photos

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