Hazardous Materials Accident Brief: Collision of Cargo Tank Truck and Automobile and Subsequent Fire, Upper Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey, July 1, 2009

On July 1, 2009, about 1:46 a.m., a 2002 Kenworth tractor pulling a 1989 Fruehauf MC-306 cargo tank semitrailer (the cargo tank truck) was traveling eastbound on U.S. Route 40 in Upper Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey, when it was struck by a 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante (the automobile) traveling northbound on Commissioners Pike. The automobile driver failed to obey a stop sign equipped with flashing red lights and collided with the external loading lines on the passenger side of the cargo tank truck. Loading line 4 was ruptured and about 13 gallons of gasoline were released as the automobile became wedged beneath the cargo tank truck and was dragged about 500 feet. A postcrash fire consumed the automobile, killing the driver; the cargo tank truck also was damaged. The Daretown Volunteer Fire Department arrived within 15 minutes and extinguished the fire. Property damage was about $27,000. At the time of the accident, it was dark, and the temperature was 67° F. There were light winds and clear skies. Rain had been observed in the hour before the collision; however, it was not a factor in the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the July 1, 2009, vehicle collision and fire in Upper Pittsgrove Township, New Jersey, was the failure of the automobile driver to obey a stop sign equipped with flashing red lights. Contributing to the severity of the accident was a fire that resulted from the release of gasoline from a cargo tank loading line that was ruptured during the collision.

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  • English

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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 7p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01145038
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/HZB-09/01
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 2009 12:54PM