Emergency personnel transfer jet fuel from a flipped tanker truck to another tanker in Phoenix on Aug. 7, 2017. A hazardous-materials team was on the scene to assist in clean-up of at least 150 gallons of fuel that leaked from the damaged tanker.
Five people were taken to hospitals Monday morning after a collision involving an 8,000-gallon tanker truck carrying jet fuel.
The tanker had rolled, crushing the cab of a pickup truck and spilling at least 150 gallons of jet fuel alongside the roadway.
Phoenix fire Capt. Larry Subervi said the 55-year-old male driver of the tanker and the 25-year-old male pickup driver were taken to hospitals in critical condition. Three women who were in separate vehicles were transported with minor injuries.
“It’s miraculous that the injuries weren’t much worse,” Subervi said.
He said there are reports that a Good Samaritan smashed the window of the pickup truck that was crushed and helped pull the driver out.
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the taker truck to overturn on Lower Buckeye Road between 59th and 63rd avenues. The truck had just left Phoenix Goodyear Airport, Subervi said.
A hazardous-materials team was able to stop the fuel leak and “used damming and diking equipment to isolate and absorb the spilled fuel,” Subervi said.
“Currently, there is little to no threat to the…
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