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Leaking Tanker Truck Causes Lengthy Evacuations Near Carnegie

A leaking tanker truck on Noblestown Road in Collier Township has forced nearby residents to evacuate and PennDOT to close the Carnegie interstate exit. Residents were allowed to return to their homes shortly before 6 p.m.

A leaking tanker truck on Noblestown Road near Carnegie forced nearby residents and workers to evacuate the area for nearly seven hours Wednesday.

Collier police stopped the tanker truck, which was leaking an unknown fuel, around 11 a.m. Wednesday as it was heading into Carnegie near the Interstate 79 exit, said. The chemical was removed from the tanker and the road was reopened around 5:45 p.m.

The problem forced the evacuation of nearby homes in Collier’s Cubbage Hill neighborhood and PennDOT closed the Carnegie exit of I-79. Lewis said the industrial park across from the roadway, which is in Scott Township, was also evacuated.

Hazardous material crews were at the scene to transfer what was left of the chemical into a new truck. Lewis said they weren't sure what the truck was carrying, so they took extra precautions at the scene.

“They got the whole cavalry out right now,” Lewis said during the evacuations.

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Samantha ann August 22, 2012 at 08:54 PM
could this have been chemicals for shale fracking. Nobody will let you know whats in that stuff anyway. Carnegie is the mecca for frac fluid out of rook station and onto 79.Someone needs to let the public know what the dangers of this stuff are.
Tony August 22, 2012 at 09:12 PM
The product in this trailer is Butane the leak was discovered by at DOT officer while doing a roadside inspection. The leak is equal to 1 eye drop of liquid from the bottom of the trailer about every 30 seconds. This driver was headed to Rook yard about 1 mile from this location to deliver. Had the officer let him deliver the load then none of this roadside nightmare or evacuations would have taken place.
Mike Jones (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Thank you for the update/info, Tony. Noblestown Road reopened around 5:45 p.m.
Truth Speaks August 27, 2012 at 04:00 AM
All the twists...a 1075 gas....HIGHLY combustible fumes, toxic without you even knowing it, much like carbon monoxide. Next time we'll let you and your family become so nauseous, and so unresponsive that you run into the traffic. Next time, we'll let you all parish in the flames as 3 city bllocks explode to nothing. Have a great day ;)

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