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UPDATE: Small amounts of liquid fuel leaked from toppled tank- Fire Chief

Small amounts of liquid fuel leaked from the topped tank, according to Chief Fire Officer, Zebalon A. McLean. Photo: Team of Reporters
Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. McLean said there were no injuries resulting from yesterday’s, May 11, 2016 accident in which a fuel tank toppled near the Domino’s Gas Station in Baughers Bay. Photo: VINO
Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. McLean said there were no injuries resulting from yesterday’s, May 11, 2016 accident in which a fuel tank toppled near the Domino’s Gas Station in Baughers Bay. Photo: VINO
The overturned fuel tank on May 11, 2016. Photo: Team of Reporters
The overturned fuel tank on May 11, 2016. Photo: Team of Reporters
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. McLean has confirmed to this news site that there were no injuries resulting from yesterday’s, May 11, 2016 accident in which a fuel tank toppled near the Domino’s Gas Station in Baughers Bay, on the Virgin Islands' main island of Tortola.

Mr McLean noted, however, that there were the expected high risks and obvious dangers, but both the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services coordinated efforts and “applied skills to reduce the considerable risks in the quickest and safest manner possible.”

The incident took place sometime around 6pm, forcing authorities to redirect traffic heading east up Fort Hill from the Purcell Roundabout in Purcell.

Mr McLean also told Virgin Islands News Online that “a very small amount [of liquid fuel] leaked out. It was quickly and easily covered with absorbent material.”

“We worked with the police to cordon off the area. The substance involved was liquid fuel. Officers remained on standby for safety precautions just in case. There was understandably a high level of anxiety, but there were no injuries,” Mr McLean stated.

See previous story published May 11, 2016

Fuel truck topples; forces road closure in Baughers Bay

A truck and trailer unit transporting a gas container toppled in Baughers Bay this afternoon May 11, 2016 causing the road there in the vicinity of Domino’s Gas Station to be closed to traffic.

From the Port Purcell Roundabout, traffic was being diverted up Fort Hill. From all reports and indication on the ground, no one was injured as a result of the accident.

It is not clear how the truck and trailer unit toppled but our newsroom learned that it happened sometime around 6:00 PM.

Police and fighters are on the scene.

Efforts to reach Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. McLean up to post time proved futile.

11 Responses to “UPDATE: Small amounts of liquid fuel leaked from toppled tank- Fire Chief”

  • ccc (11/05/2016, 21:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh boy
  • Brothers in arm (11/05/2016, 22:07) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    We can learn a thing or 2 from our neighbouring countries ... An oil tanker toppled yesterday in Barbados.. All emergency personnel was in scene ... Vehicle was not touch Before al precautions were taken. Electricity was turned off so no sparks could have created a bigger issues all precautions were taken for safety.
  • lightening strikes twice (12/05/2016, 00:12) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is the 2nd time this same driver overturned a fuel truck in the same area...1st he was working for the father now this time he was working for the son..Coincidence?
    • You Like Talk (12/05/2016, 07:00) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      It was not the owner of the truck driving, it was actually the son who you refer to. You people like to talk things you don't know. If you don't how it happened, shut your mouth!
    • Only in the BVI (12/05/2016, 11:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I hate to burst your bubble seeing you are quick to point fingers. So for the sake of setting the record straight, they alleged driver wasn't even on scene at the time of the incident
  • Winston (12/05/2016, 07:05) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    it is called a jack knife and it happens when the driver gets close to 90 degrees while backing up. it is a verybasic mistake . BVI is also one of the few places that truck drivers receive no training.
    • Really? (12/05/2016, 09:06) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Alas, the mentality that I bahn here means people feel they bahn with all knowledge and skill necessary.
    • Strupes (12/05/2016, 10:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      jack knife I kno about but part of the issue is the ground there is not stable it need leveling and paving make it worst when it wet dem wheels going do all kinda tricks I soft soil with the weight
  • Strupes (12/05/2016, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    pls to pave that whole ground big trucks and soaked soils don't de good
  • ccc (12/05/2016, 11:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Happy all is well
  • Tsk (12/05/2016, 18:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's not the right truck for that job and the driver is a HAM.#TSK


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