Overturned tanker truck at Highway 169 & 46th St. N.


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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 10/08/2013 12:17 pm Published: 10/08/2013 5:52 am


An overturned tanker, carrying a dangerous chemical, shut down a highway on-ramp for more than six hours.

FOX23 confirmed the tanker had just loaded up with anhydrous ammonia at the Port of Catoosa before it overturned near the northbound entrance ramp from 46th Street North onto Highway 169.

HAZMAT crews, along with fire and police, had to work strategically.

“It’s a very dangerous chemical,” HAZMAT Captain Adam Balogh said.

FOX23 was on the scene when he was called in with his team to secure the area before they could begin the long and dangerous process of cleaning up.

“If anything is going to happen, it’s going to happen during this process,” Fire Department spokesman Stan May said.

Our cameras rolled as it took hours to transfer the chemical, commonly used on farms, to another tanker.

Crews then had to up-right the overturned tanker, and continue transferring more anhydrous ammonia.

At one, our crews saw a white cloud of fog, a sign we learned of the toxic gas filling the air. Crews on hang kept it under control and out of a nearby creek, preventing any possible contamination.

“Once it attaches to that water and drops to the ground, it’s still ammonia,” May explained of the process. “It’s still a toxic substance for the fish and anything in the creek and for miles downstream, so we’ll block off the creek and make sure nothing gets in there.”

The driver of the tanker was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

When we last checked, we learned it’s still unclear what caused him to lose control.



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