Cumberland Times-News

April 17, 2014

Oakland returns to normal after tanker accident

Jeffrey Alderton
Cumberland Times-News

— OAKLAND — Nearly 12 hours after a propane tanker overturned in the heart of its business district, the town of Oakland returned to normal early Wednesday night.

Several blocks of town were evacuated by the wreck at Third and Oak streets that was first reported at about 9:30 a.m. The driver escaped injuries.

Hundreds of firstresponders descended on the town to handle the incident that concluded when two commercial wreckers uprighted the toppled tanker. Its load was transferred to another tanker.

About 80 people reportedly used emergency shelters that were set up at Deer Park fire station and the Oakland Armory.

A full report on the incident and its cause, the costs of the day-long shut down of the town’s business district and other information will be provided by the county next week, according to County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt.