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Study to target HazMat cargo

It was only a small leak, but it led to a fiery truck explosion in a residential neighborhood four years ago. Flames reached 75 feet in the air. The fire spread to nearby vehicles, houses and trees located in the Bacton Hill area of East Whiteland, and critically injured two people. The accident on Route 401 in July 2001, occurred because of a leak of the hazardous material inside of the tanker — a chemical called hexane, a petroleum product commonly used as an ingredient in paints and adhesives — that was traveling through Chester County, as do tens of thousands of similar cargoes each year. Authorities estimate that five truckloads of hazardous materials travel on county roads each hour, according to a 1994 study. And each of those truckloads, by very definition, pose a risk to the county’s 433,000 residents — as typified by the Bacton Hill crash. Full Story

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