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A single vehicle accident on I-10 in Culberson County, TX has left one person dead and an unknown hazardous materials spill. Last Friday, the driver of a tractor trailer drifted into the median for an unknown reason. The truck ended up on its side and the contents spilled onto the interstate.
The Texas Department of Public Safety, TxDOT, and Lone Star Hazmat, a hazardous materials clean-up company, responded to the scene. The driver was identified as Nikolai Vidnliev.
The president of Lone Star Hazmat said “During the (testing) process, we were able to identify that there were multiple different types of containers with flammable liquids and corrosive materials. Once we’ve identified what the material is, we go in and transfer the remaining liquids into special containers. Once that’s completed, we’ll go back in and we’ll do some soil remediation.”
The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to an accident involving a tractor trailer hauling hazardous materials on US-30 on Friday. The driver suffered serious injuries. He was flown to a local hospital.
Authorities said the truck was hauling a highly combustible petroleum product. The contents of the truck were found to be leaking following the accident. The incident occurred in Wayne County, near the intersection of Elyria Rd and US-30. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation. Local traffic was forced to detour while officials cleared the scene. The driver remains in the hospital.
A CSX rail car near the Brunswick, MD rail yard was found to be leaking Hydrogen Chloride Sunday evening. A local campground, the C&O Canal, and much of the rail yard was shut down just after 8:30pm. One person was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. Their current condition has not been released.
Emergency services contacted CSX to ensure all rail traffic remains stopped in the area until the situation is resolved. The cause of the leak is currently under investigation. MARC train passengers that normally board at the Brunswick MARC station are asked to use the Point of Rocks station.
FMCSA is seeking public comments on ways to clarify the current regulations regarding Electronic Logging Devices. There are five areas in particular that the agency is considering making changes to.
The specific areas are the applicability to pre-2000 engines, addressing ELD malfunctions, the process for removing ELD products from FMCSA’s list of certified devices, technical specifications; and ELD certification.
Interested parties may submit comments until November 15, 2022. All comments must include the docket number.
Due to a delay in credential processing, TSA is extending the expiration date for Hazardous Material Endorsement holders whose credentials are due to expire by December 31, 2022. Drivers that would qualify for the exemption have already passed the threat assessment.
TSA released a statement saying “This exemption allows state licensing agencies to permit those with expiring, or recently expired hazardous material endorsements to remain fully authorized by TSA to transport hazardous materials during this time period. The commercial truck drivers impacted by this decision are subject to recurrent vetting during the exemption period, and their businesses will continue to provide safe and efficient transportation.”
Two Union Pacific employees were killed when the train they were on collided with equipment on the track in Mecca, CA. A total of seven cars derailed during the incident. NTSB is currently investigating the accident. The names of the deceased have not be released at this time.
Union Pacific’s Communications Manager Susan Stevens said “We are deeply saddened…Our thoughts are with the employees’ families and coworkers. The train operated by the two employees entered a siding where it collided with equipment occupying the siding.”