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September 5, 2022: Oil Spill and Fire Shut Down 710 Freeway

A multi-vehicle accident on the 710 freeway in Vernon, CA caused an oil spill and vehicle fire. The accident occurred on Friday morning and spilled an unknown amount of oil on the freeway. While authorities were dealing with the traffic accident and oil spill, a street sweeper nearby caught fire. The driver of the street sweeper was temporarily trapped in the vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. The freeway remained closed through Saturday morning while crews cleaned the scene.

Gas spill snarls traffic on 710 Freeway in Vernon

September 2, 2022: Louisiana Refinery Temporarily Closing in January

ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery. © 2012 Robert Seale

In January, ExxonMobil is planning to temporarily shut down its Baton Rouge refinery for maintenance. The Baton Rouge refinery is one of the largest oil refineries in the United States. It is responsible for producing around 520,000 barrels of crude per day. ExxonMobil will be replacing all of the drums used for distillation. The process is expected to take 68 days.

ExxonMobil to temporarily shut down portion of Baton Rouge refinery in January

August 31, 2022: Hazmat Spill Shuts Down I-81 in VA

A tractor trailer hauling flammable powder overturned on I-81 on Tuesday morning. The driver, Alex Calhoun, was flown to a local hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive. He was issued a citation for making an unsafe lane change. The accident occurred near mile marker 211 in the Greenville area. The interstate was shut down through Tuesday. Authorities needed to unload the hazardous materials from the truck before the area could be cleaned up. Drivers were forced to detour on northbound I-81 at exit 200 (Fairfield) in Rockbridge County.

Driver flown to hospital after I-81 tractor-trailer crash in Augusta Co.

August 30, 2022: Ship Collides with Tanker off Coast of Gibraltar

Photo by Gibraltar Government

A cargo ship collided with an LNG tanker that was anchored between Catalan Bay and Sandy Bay. The cargo ship was carrying 183 tons of heavy fuel oil, 250 tons of diesel fuel, and 27 tons of lube oil at the time of the accident. Tugs were deployed to place booms around the vessels in an effort to contain the spill. The Strait of Gibraltar is a busy waterway that separates Europe and Africa.
The Gibraltar Government released the following statement. The Port Authority is dealing with an incident involving a collision between two vessels in the Bay. The vessel OS 35 clipped the vessel ADAM LNG. The Port Authority directed the vessel OS 35 to the Eastside in order to ensure it could be beached and in that way try to minimize as much as possible the risk of the vessel sinking and to secure the lives of the mariners on board.” A dive team was deployed on Tuesday morning to perform underwater inspections of the vessels.

Gibraltar crash: Ship carrying 250 tonnes of diesel collides with tanker – oil spill fears

August 30, 2022: Hazmat Truck Overturned in SD

Photo by  Rapid City Fire Department

A truck hauling flammable liquid overturned in Rapid City, SD on Monday. The accident occurred about two miles south of Reva. Authorities said the truck was hauling 36,000 gallons of diesel fuel and alcohol mix at the time of the accident. It appears that the right side tire left the road around mile marker 197. This caused the truck to roll over into a ditch. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries. It does not appear as though any of the load leaked during the incident.

Rapid City Fire hazmat responds to semi-truck crash

August 30, 2022: Fatal Derailment in Texas

A Union Pacific freight train derailed in El Paso, TX on Monday evening. One person was killed. Authorities have not released who the person killed was or if they were on the train at the time of the derailment. The derailed cars slammed into a fence, backyard shed, and struck a gas meter. Around 50 residents were temporarily evacuated as a safety precaution. No other injuries have been reported.
Firefighters shut down the damaged gas line within two hours of the derailment. Texas Gas worked overnight to repair the damaged line. The cause of the derailment is currently under investigation. Local residents are asked to avoid the area between Franklin and Barton while crews clean up the scene.

1 dead after train derails in Texas and hits gas line, forcing dozens of residents to evacuate