Train collides with truck, spills fuel, evacuates people in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Nashville Fire responded to an accident involving a train and a fuel truck on Tuesday morning.
According to the NFD, a train crashed into a fuel truck at the railroad crossing on 51 North Avenue around 8:30 a.m. Nashville Fire said the train was traveling at low speed but caused the fuel truck to overturn, nearly 5,000 gallons. fuel.
No fires were reported in the spill, and there were no injuries resulting from the incident.
“The oil tanker got punctured, we had to unload the remaining product from that tanker to another trailer and it was a very specialized process that our hazmat teams had to undergo training,” the developer said. Nashville Fire Brigade spokesman Kendra Loney said. “So we’re grateful that our teams have trained and those techniques here.”
The HAZMAT and OEM teams worked most of Tuesday morning to contain the gas spill. An environmental team was also called in to help with the process.
“There was some product that got into the storm drain and there was an environmental team on the scene,” Looney said. “They could also pump out some of the ethanol that went into those storm drains.”
The NFD established a one-block perimeter at the outset of the incident and evacuated anyone within it.
The tank truck was transporting ethanol, “an extremely flammable and combustible substance. Anything as simple as someone in range starting their car or throwing away a cigarette butt can create a spark and create a flame that poses an even greater hazard,” a Nashville Fire spokesperson told CNN. know.
To keep some people safe, nearby businesses and homes were evacuated.
“That’s quite concerning especially with trains because they don’t slow down or stop easily. So definitely care about driver safety,” says Jessami Jacobson, Stylist at Ohana Hair Salon.
Jacobson works in the salon blocks.
“In the city center, we’re used to a lot of accidents near the hospital, so this is the first major incident we’ve seen since we’ve been in the vicinity,” she said.
In the end, the Crew was able to recover 5,000 gallons from the tanker.
“The oil tanker was punctured, we had to unload the remaining product from that tanker to another tractor. And it’s a very specialized process that our camera crew has to go through,” says Looney. “So we’re grateful that our teams have trained and those techniques here.”
No injuries were reported in the crash and no word on what caused the crash.
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