CSX Train Backed into CNG Truck, Rupturing Fuel Cylinder
Investigators are looking into the cause of an accident Tuesday morning in Buffalo in which, according to reports and sources, a three-car CSX freight train backed into a compressed natural gas-fueled Kenworth truck, catastrophically damaging a side rail-mounted CNG fuel cylinder and causing a fire which injured the truck driver and the train conductor, both of whom were hospitalized with burns.
This item was initially posted on June 24
According to one industry source, “The train impaled the CNG tank on the passenger side and it released the gas,” which ignited, causing an explosion.
“The gas then found an ignition source and the flame moved through the gas cloud exactly as we would expect.”
Another source told F&F that the truck had two rail-mounted CNG cylinders by Quantum and three back-of-cab cylinders by Hexagon. Both manufacture Type IV all-composite CNG cylinders.
Kenworth with Agility Fuel Systems
The truck was a Kenworth, with CNG fuel tank assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems, operated by Buffalo-based Innovative Transportation Services, a unit of Sonwil Distribution Center. ITS publicized deployment of an initial four CNG-fueled Kenworth T680 tractors early in 2014.
Peter Wilson is Sonwil Distribution president and CEO.
Also according to reports, the truck was carrying General Mills flour.
Agility is working with local authorities, and NGVAmerica (and its affiliated Clean Vehicle Education Foundation) is keeping members apprised of the situation as information becomes available.
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Source: Published reports with Fleets & Fuels follow-up