Ethanol tanker leaking in Phoenix yard to be moved

Taylor Higgins

Ethanol tanker leaking in Phoenix yard to be moved

CREATED Jan. 3, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Firefighter and hazardous-materials specialists are preparing to empty a tanker car that is leaking flammable ethanol alcohol in a railroad yard near downtown Phoenix.
Deputy Fire Chief Chris Ketterer says the 30,000-gallon tanker apparently had been full and still  contains an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 gallons of ethanol. The leak was discovered Friday morning.
Ketterer says authorities plan to have an engine push the tanker as part of a string of freight cars away from the area where the ground is now saturated with ethanol.
Once the tanker is moved, the remaining ethanol will be pumped into tanker trucks.
He says crews will apply foam during the move to smother any fire.
Ketterer says the tanker is not pressured and won't explode if the ethanol catches fire.

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