Tanker Trucker Carrying Jet Fuel Over Turned in Riverside, CA

The morning of June 19, 2006 at 0615 hrs Riverside County Fire Department of California, responded to a tanker trucker carrying Jet fuel over turned at the Hwy 62 and Interstate10 transition.


The morning of June 19, 2006 at 0615 hrs Riverside County Fire Department of California, responded to a tanker trucker carrying Jet fuel over turned at the Hwy 62 and Interstate10 transition. The crash resulted in the product spilling out and igniting. The ensuing fire spread to a U-haul that was attempting to go around the accident.

The initial response of ME (medic engine) 36 and ME 24 was eventually upgraded and eventually consisted of six engine companies, 2 HazMat units, 3 water tenders and an ARFF unit from Palm Springs International airport (Palm Springs Fire Dept.).

An initial attempt was made to save the U-haul but it was later deemed more risk than gain. A command decision was made to let the product burn itself out. This lead to the complete closure of I-10 in both directions for approximately 3 hours.