TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Disaster avoided when tanker truck catches fire in Freeport

Daily Photo Galleries

AlleKiski Valley Photo Galleries

By R.A. Monti
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:12 p.m.
 

Disaster was averted Tuesday when a tanker truck caught fire on the Laneville bridge in Freeport.

Around 12:30 p.m., the empty tanker truck, usually carrying paraffin wax, knocked down a power line, which fell on the truck and set its wheels on fire, according to Brandon Ashbaugh, the Freeport fire officer in charge.

According to Ashbaugh, the driver, who was trapped inside the vehicle's cabin due to the electrical line draped over the truck, was not injured.

Ashbaugh said that, even though the tanker was empty, there still was a serious threat of it exploding because of the chance that pockets of oxygen or other gases remained in the tanker.

“There's always a hazard when a tanker's on fire,” he said. “It (pockets of gas) could make the thing blow up like a pop bottle.”

Traffic was stopped coming in and out of the borough because of the fire. Both lanes of Route 356 were closed between Buffalo Street and Old Pike Road.

The road reopened at about 4 p.m.

R.A. Monti is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read AlleKiski Valley

  1. $6K in library books stolen
  2. Pittsburgh eagle webcam closes down for year
  3. New-Ken Arnold will have new-look school security
  4. Fire, water training mix for Freeport volunteer company
  5. PSNK will show new face this fall
  6. Sentencing set in Harmar election conspiracy case
  7. Indiana Township police on lookout for loose alligator
  8. Drills put police, teachers in danger zone
  9. 2 dead in New Kensington shooting; woman says male victim her ex-husband
  10. New Kensington slaying victims identified
  11. $9 million tentative agreement reached for Rock Airport property in West Deer
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.