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April 16, 2014

Oakland business district evacuated after tanker overturns

OAKLAND — The town of Oakland business district was evacuated Wednesday when a tanker carrying 10,000 gallons of liquid propane overturned at Oak and Third streets at about 9:35 a.m., according to Garrett County officials.

The driver of the rig apparently escaped injuries in the incident that prompted evacuation of the immediate area. The tanker apparently remained intact and no leak of its cargo was reported by late morning.

Traffic was being detoured from U.S. Route 219 and state Route 135 to Sand Flat Road and two large cranes were being brought to the scene to upright the overturned rig.

“All electrical power in the town of Oakland will be shut off when the cranes begin the operation of setting of the truck back on its wheels,”said Garrett County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt about 90 minutes after the incident occurred.

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

Maryland Department of the Environment and Maryland Emergency Management Agency were involved in the emergency response along with multiple volunteer fire departments, the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, the State Haz-Mat Team and other public safety personnel.

The area evacuated included Water Street to Fifth Street at the Get N Go Store and Second Street from the Family Dollar Store to Green Street.

The county courthouse was evacuated to include the 911 center and detention center with inmates taken by jail personnel to an unnamed secure location by school buses. There were about 50 inmates in the jail at the time of the evacuation.

All 911 calls in Garrett County were transferred for handling by the Allegany County’s 911 emergency center.

No evacuation was needed for Garrett Memorial Hospital at 251 Fourth St., as of 11:30 a.m., according to direction given to the facility by the Garrett County Emergency Operations Center. The hospital is also located outside the designated evacuation area.

The school system announced that bus delays or bus route revisions may occur.

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