Sun, Oct 10, 2004
Tanker spills over 5,000 gallons of jet fuel in Camp Pendleton
(CA) USMC base
What happens when a
tanker truck and a car collide at 0530 on a fog-filled road whose
name translates from Spanish into "The Road of the Fleas"? Almost
five thousand gallons of fuel are spilled.
The crash happened on Las Pulgas Road inside Camp Pendleton, the
Marine base in Southern California. The road was closed for the
rest of the day because of the danger from the spill, which was
Brad Long, a hazmat specialist from San Diego County told the
North Country Times the tank contained over 8,000 gallons of fuel,
but some 3,400 were recovered. The rest spillked out at a location
about two miles east of California's I-5 interstate highway.
According to Long, none of the fuel reached any of the county's
"We're evaluating the site to see if more dirt will have to be
removed," said Capt. Christopher Logan, spokesperson for the
military base. "Obviously anything contaminated will have to be
removed, within the scope of the law."
He added that the spill is no more volatile than auto gas,
though in reality jet fuel is not nearly as easy to light up as
AVGAS or auto gas.
One of the two victim of the accident was evacuated to Mission
Hospital in Orange County (CA), the other suffered minor
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