Tanker leaking ethanol in downtown Phoenix - New York News

Ethanol tanker being emptied in Phoenix rail yard

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX (KSAZ) -
It was a very dangerous situation at the Union Pacific railroad downtown Friday morning off 13th Street and Lincoln.

Rough estimates are that between 10,000 and 20,000 gallons of ethanol gasoline leaked out of a tanker car and the hazardous material is very flammable.

Phoenix Firefighters worked cautiously at the scene of the leak -- the tanker car was sitting right on the tracks.

"It has a capacity of about 30,000 gallons they say it's leaking about 100 gallons an hour.. it is leaking from the bottom of the car," said PFD's Captain Ruben Saavedra.

Saavedra says the first thing Union Pacific, the Department of Environmental Quality and firefighters did was evacuate the area and establish a hot zone.

The initial call came in just before 4 a.m.  A few hours later, firefighters made what's called a "B" entry.

"What level 'B' entry means is they have flash protection, they have smoke protection on, so if there is any type of flash, they're protected from that," said Saavedra.

As a precaution during the cleanup process, Union Pacific closed the yard to rail traffic.

"Number one priority is safety is so we've isolated the hazard to this immediate area to the yard we want to make sure we do everything safe in coordination as a team," said Saavedra.

While highly flammable, the ethanol also evaporates quickly, which helped alleviate the mess.  Part of the cleanup was moving the ethanol to other tankers.

The big challenge according to the Phoenix Fire Department and what took so long was finding a way to stop the leak.  The good news is that the container holding the ethanol was not a pressurized tank.

By the afternoon, the scene was stable with no injuries to any personnel, according to Chris Ketterer of the Phoenix Fire Department.
Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:11:38 GMT
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:51:36 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • 3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:47:41 GMT
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices