A Bucks County truck accident in Tinicum Township left two injured after a propane truck struck a car and caught fire. The incident took place at approximately 7:45 AM on Monday, September 24, 2012, on Route 611.
According to reports, a Cress Gas Co. propane truck struck a vehicle head-on in the Ottsville section of Tinicum Township and overturned before catching fire. The car allegedly crossed the center line when the impact occurred. The truck was fully loaded with approximately 3,000 gallons of propane.
Officials report that two people were injured in the crash. However, their identities and conditions were not immediately made known.
Out of concerns that the truck might overheat and explode, rescue workers evacuated a one-mile area. Crews used water and foam to keep the tanker cool.
“The risk is that it could overheat and explode,” said Bucks County Emergency Management Coordinator John Dougherty. “This is like a fireman’s nightmare.”
The evacuation was lifted by mid-afternoon, and Route 611 was reopened later that night.
“I left everything,” said one resident. “Whatever I was going to do today, I’m not doing. I left because you never know.”
The Bucks County truck accident remains under investigation by local authorities as they determine how the accident occurred and who was at fault. The identity of the drivers was not made available.
This is a serious accident, and we wish all the victims a speedy and full recovery during this difficult time.