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Buffalo Accident Under Investigation

June 25, 2015 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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

WKBW image shows the CNG-fueled truck burning in Buffalo on Tuesday morning.

WKBW image shows the CNG-fueled truck burning in Buffalo on Tuesday morning.


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.”

Aftermath of the fire on June 23 in Buffalo

Aftermath of the fire on June 23 in Buffalo

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.

Sonwil Distribution and its Buffalo-based Innovative Transportation Services unit publicized deployment of CNG-fueled Kenworth T680 tractors early in 2014.

Sonwil Distribution and its Buffalo-based ITS unit publicized initial deployment of four CNG-fueled Kenworth T680 tractors early in 2014.

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

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