Tanker truck carrying 8800 gallons of gas explodes after crash on BW8 in Houston

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  1. drvrtech77

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    Tanker truck carrying 8800 gallons of gas explodes after crash [​IMG]




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    HOUSTON—A tanker truck carrying 8800 gallons of gasoline was burning Friday after a crash on the East Beltway northbound feeder road at US 90.
    The 18-wheeler had just filled up and was carrying 8800 gallons of gasoline when the wreck happened at about 8:30 p.m.
    Deputies said the truck driver was trying to make a U-turn from the southbound to the northbound feeder. Witnesses said he was going about 30 to 35 miles an hour and flipped. Immediately after it flipped to its side it burst into flames and multiple explosions rocked the area.
    When the flames erupted the truck driver smashed out the windshield and leapt out of the tanker. A witness who was waiting at a red light only a couple hundred feet away couldn’t believe his eyes.
    “I hear a big bang, as I look up I see the tanker roll over and as soon as I looked up I saw it go in flames. I immediately got on the phone and called 911,” said Orlando Amador. “I told dispatch I didn’t think the driver had made it out.”
    The tanker driver works for a company called Coastal Transport. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said he was headed to make a delivery at Tidwell and the Beltway.
    He was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Deputies said, aside from burn marks on both his arms, it looks like he’ll be OK.
    “He’s very lucky. Something like that, something that blew up, you wouldn’t think he would come out alive. Today was his lucky day,” Amador said.
    No one else was injured and investigators said it’s a good thing that other drivers weren’t closer to the 18-wheeler truck

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  3. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    Anybody need a job? Don't think they'll be allowing him to return to work.
     
  4. BossOutlaw88

    BossOutlaw88 Road Train Member

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    Lol, you think? Driver error to the nth degree. Plus very bad publicity.
     
  5. Wrangler65

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    He made it; good for him!
     
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  6. hatlesstrukr

    hatlesstrukr Light Load Member

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    He caused the destruction of a tanker and its cargo of 8800 gallons of gasoline. If I was a gas-guzzling SUV I'd be crying right now.
     
  7. Wrangler65

    Wrangler65 Light Load Member

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    Lol! So, I guess you'd wish he'd gone up in flames with it! lol
     
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  9. socal

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    I drove for Benteo Tank Lines(gas haulers in CA) and there was a driver that had a accident and it burnt to the ground. Accident in front of him and he swerved. I asked him what happened after the roll over and he said it was just like a steady wave of gas crashing on the Back window. And he did the same kicked out the windshield and got out. After the gas stopped flowing out of the tanker thats when it ignited.

    Also he kept his job! Believe it or not the companys opinion was he made it through this one alive I doubt he will ever want to roll another one.
     
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  10. Autocar

    Autocar Road Train Member

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    There is logic to that thought! But, the question is, does he still want to drive tanker, again?
     
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  11. aiwiron

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    He failed the common sense quiz of tanker yanker 101
     
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