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April 16, 2014

Cranes set up to remove overturned fuel tanker in Oakland

OAKLAND — Two large cranes were being set up early Wednesday afternoon in downtown Oakland to remove a fuel tanker that overturned several hours earlier and forced evacuation of the business district.

The tanker carrying 10,000 gallons of liquid propane overturned at Oak and Third streets at about 9:35 a.m., detouring traffic from the area to Sand Flat Road and forcing evacuation of the immediate area. The evacuation was performed as a precaution although no fuel leak was reported in the accident.

Another tanker truck was brought to possibly off-load some of the fuel from the overturned tanker.

The evacuation included moving 45 prisoners from the Garrett County Detention Center initially to the Southern Garrett Rescue Squad building before being taken later in the day to the Allegany County Detention Center in Cresaptown.

A reverse 911 message was recorded to inform residents in the immediate evacuation area to leave their homes. In addition, the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police went door-to-door to residences and businesses to notify of the evacuation.

Shelters were set up at the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Hall and the Oakland Armory, according to County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt, who provided updates to the media throughout the emergency response.

The removal of the tanker by two heavy-duty cranes necessitated shutting off electrical service to the immediate area.

The outage was expected to occur at about 2:30 p.m., and last about an hour, the amount of time needed to remove the upset tanker truck. Up to 120 customers were expected to be affected, according to FirstEnergy.

The driver of the tanker reportedly was not injured.

Garrett County school buses were being rerouted for dismissal from school.

A command post was established at the Garrett County Emergency Operations Center.

Numerous volunteer fire departments responded to the scene along with a State Haz-Mat Team, the Maryland Department of the Environment and Maryland Emergency Management Agency and other public safety agencies.

Garrett County’s 911 calls were being handled by the Allegany County 911 center during the incident response.

“It is anticipated that this emergency situation will end later this evening,” said Pagenhardt.

 

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