Fuel tanker explodes, killing driver and shutting down Highway 40

Fuel tanker explodes, killing driver and shutting down Highway 40

Published on: August 9, 2016 | Last Updated: August 9, 2016 8:03 PM
EDCHRISTOPHER CURTIS, MONTREAL GAZETTE

Tanker truck carrying flammable liquid exploded in rush-hour collision involving at least 4 vehicles.

Montréal, 09 – Aug-2016
Một xe vận tải chở chất lỏng dễ cháy bị nổ trên xa lộ 40 vào giờ cao điểm!
Va chạm đã làm  4 xe chung quanh cùng bị nạn. Tài xế xe tải bị tử vong, 6 người bị thương… 

Một chiếc xe tải đã phát nổ trên đoạn Lajeunesse St. sau khi va chạm với ít nhất hai chiếc xe khác, theo cảnh sát công lộ Québec cho biết. Khoảng 100 nhân viên cứu hỏa đã cấp tốc tới các khu vực tai nạn. Tất cả các nhân-viên đều cố gắng dập tắt ngọn lửa, lúc ấy đã cao chót vót ngút trời, bằng nước và bọt.

Những âm thanh của tiếng nổ cứ vang lên liên tục, có thể là từ những lốp xe, vang vọng xa hàng trăm mét. Một số nhân chứng so sánh tiếng những tiếng nổ ấy tựa như những tiếng súng…

Ít nhất có sáu (6) người bị thương trong vụ tai nạn, đó cũng là nguyên nhân gây ra một đám cháy lớn, đã làm khói đen bốc cuồn cuộn  trên  nền trời Montréal.

Bộ Trưởng bộ hỏa-hoạn Ô. Danny Ciavaglia cho biết, những người bị thương đã được cấp-tốc điều trị theo chương-trình ‘Urgences-Santé.’

Chiều hôm nay, thứ Ba 09 tháng 08, trong một bản báo cáo, Thị trưởng Denis Coderre cho biết rằng, các tòa nhà Desjardins và FTQ gần đó đều đã bị thiệt hại từ đám cháy, chủ yếu là các cửa sổ những tòa-nhà đó đã bị phá vỡ vì nhiệt độ quá cao!

Bộ môi-trường Québec cũng đã cho lập một phòng thí nghiệm ‘di động’ (mobile) để kiểm tra lại chất lượng không khí trong khu vực nầy. Vì vụ nổ liên quan đến vật liệu và chất liệu nguy hiểm, việc thử nghiệm chặt chẽ là là việc cần thiết, để đảm bảo các  sự an toàn cho những khu vực lân cận.

Cho đến 18:00 chiều nay, các quốc lộ hướng đông 40 vẫn đóng kín ở  khu St-Laurent Blvd. và từ lối  ‘exit’ Christophe Colomb, ở phía hướng tây. Các nhà chức trách cho biết họ chưa biết khi nào các khúc xa lột nầy sẽ được mở cửa trở lại…

VT Magazine.


fire 40

 

A tractor trailer carrying fuel burns on the elevated highway by Cremazie and Basile Routhier in Montreal, on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

highway 40

About 100 firefighters were at the scene as the fire raged
around 4 p.m.

Tanker truck carrying flammable liquid exploded in rush-hour collision involving at least 4 vehicles

CBC News Posted: Aug 09, 2016 4:20 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 09, 2016 7:09 PM ET

The fire is out, but one person is dead and more than 100 firefighters remain on the scene to clean up after a tanker truck carrying flammable liquids caught fire and exploded in a rush-hour collision involving at least four vehicles.

At least six people were injured in the accident, which caused a major fire that sent black smoke billowing over Montreal.

Fire operations chief Danny Ciavaglia said the injured were treated on the scene by Urgences-Santé.

Ciavaglia could not confirm the condition of the injured, however, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre tweeted just after 6 p.m. that one person had died.

État de la situation 18h00: 1 victime et 6 blessés. (Source: Service Incendie Mtl)

Early Tuesday evening, Highway 40 remained closed in both directions at Lajeunesse Street as firefighters grappled with what Ciavaglia called a “hazardous materials intervention” that also involved officials from the federal and provincial environment ministries.

He said Montreal’s fire service cannot yet confirm the nature of the flammable liquid contained in the tanker truck.

He said firefighters used foam to put out the fire, and “it’s still hot, and we can’t go walking anywhere near it until it cools down.”

In this video taken by a witness in a building overlooking the highway, just moments after the accident, we see the flames spreading.

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Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette

One person is dead and six injured after a diesel fuel tanker burst into flames on Highway 40 during rush hour on Tuesday afternoon.

The truck exploded above Lajeunesse St. after colliding with at least two other vehicles, according to the Sûreté du Québec. About 100 firefighters were deployed to the crash site but struggled to contain the towering blaze with water and foam.

Paramedics, Montreal police and SQ officers diverted traffic in the area. They offered little detail on the extent of the damage but a representative from Transport Québec told reporters at least one person died and six were injured Tuesday.

The nearby Fédération des travailleurs du Québec building was evacuated and police have set a perimeter for hundreds of feet around the fire. The Crémazie métro station was closed as smoke seeped inside. It reopened around 6 p.m. but buses were still being diverted to adjacent métro stations.

The collision that led to the fire occurred just before 4 p.m. on the westbound portion of the highway.

Aerial footage of the scene showed an enormous cloud of smoke billowing from the box of a crumpled truck. Flames mushroomed from the vehicle, giving way to thick, black smoke.

The sound of continuous explosions, likely from tires bursting, reverberated for hundreds of metres with some witnesses comparing the noise to gunfire.

In a statement Tuesday evening, Mayor Denis Coderre said the nearby Desjardins and FTQ buildings have sustained damage from the fire, mainly windows that broke because of the extreme heat.

Quebec’s environment ministry deployed a mobile laboratory to the site to evaluate air quality in the area. Given that the explosion involved hazardous materials, extensive testing is required to ensure the neighbourhood is safe.

As of 6 p.m. the eastbound Highway 40 remained closed beginning at St-Laurent Blvd. and from the Christophe Colomb exit on the westbound side. Authorities said they don’t know when the highway will reopen.