New York Emergency Crews Respond to Fully Involved Gasoline Tanker Wreck

Around 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2004, report of a MVA involving a gasoline tank truck rollover, a car, and working fire on Route 9A and Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor, New York came in.

Briarcliff Manor Volunteer Fire Deptartment responded to the scene and immediately called for assistance and manpower via mutual aid, from neighboring Millwood, Pleasantville, and Ossining VFD's. Briarcliff reported a fully involved ruptured gasoline tank truck transporting 4,700 gallons of product.

A dozen neighboring private homes were evacuated as a precaution.

The drivers of both vehicles were rescued out of their burning vehicles by passers-by, and transported to the Westchester Medical Center Burn Unit, one via Stat Flight Helicopter, and the other by ground ambulance, in very serious condition.

Westchester County Department of Emergency Services (60 Control) handled the mutual aid dispatch. Mount Kisco, Chappaqua, Croton, Hawthorne, Elmsford, Pocantico Hills, and Fairview Fire Departments were activated in addition, and directed to relocate equipment to the scene or to cover additional response requirements. The Westchester County Communications and Command Vehicle was called to the scene, staffed by members of 60 Control.

The Westchester County HazMat Unit and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation crews deployed booms in nearby stream in an effort to contain the spill from entering a nearby swampy area leading to the Pocantico River.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is under way.