Lubbock Authorities Assist Hockley County with Overturned Explosives Truck - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/24/08

Lubbock Authorities Assist Hockley County with Overturned Explosives Truck

Agencies from across the South Plains responded to an accident in Hockley County involving an explosives truck. It happened at a caliche pit on FM 1490, about ten miles north of Levelland.

The Levelland Fire Department reponded to the scene around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The Lubbock Bomb Squad and Wolfforth Hazmat Team also assisted. They finally managed to right the truck just before 5:00 p.m.

The concern was over the diesel fuel in the truck, and the potential for it mixing with the cargo on board. Materials included ammonium nitrate, sodium nitrate, petroleum hydrocarbons, and aluminum. You may recall, ammonium nitrate mixed with diesel fuel was responsible for the devestating explosion that levelled the federal building in Oklahoma City.

There were also 56 sticks of dynamite in a secure bomb-proof box.

Blasting at a caliche pit is done routinely. Thursday's accident happened when the truck driver overcorrected, while driving on a different grade. He suffered only bumps and bruises as the vehicle rolled onto its top.

First responders resolved the situation by lifting the truck, and emptying the diesel fuel.

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