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Tanker flips on 81
At approximately 10:00hrs June 9,2003 Station 18 was given a first alarm assignment for a MVA on Interstate 81 mm 211 southbound.  On the response were R-18, 18-9 and one ALS truck.  The initial report is as follows:
The tractor trailer rollover, one truck on its side carrying an unknown product in a tanker, had possibly some type of oil or lubricant additive.  Unknown entrapment, unknown cargo, with fuel tanks on the tractor leaking.

Due to the multiple reports received by the 911 center and the close proximity of waterways,  EMA 5803 responded to the scene.  While enroute Chief 18-2 (O’Rourke) requested one engine company out of Harford for additional suppression support at the scene.  Chief 18-3 (Seman) radioed on scene and established 18 command reporting one tractor-trailer tanker on its side with the tanker upside down, no obvious spillage of tank product, truck fuel spillage in progress and no placards on the tanker.  Command located the driver, who was uninjured, but a language barrier hampered communication.

It was confirmed the tanker was full, a safe zone set-up and a call placed to the carrier with the assistance of 5803 (Wood) to confirm product.  Within a short time, it was confirmed the product was a lubricating additive with low-level hazards.

With the tanker still upset, their remained concern of catastrophic failure to the tank due to the stress on the vessel and or possible leaks from the top of the tank that was buried in the median.  A heavy recovery team was called, along with a fuel clean up team to right the vehicle.  A coordinated effort between all agencies involved produced a positive outcome to the incident.  Penn dot responded quickly with the safety crew to assist PSP in detouring traffic, Kozlowski towing righted the vehicle, CGE contained the fuel spill and Harford handled engine company duties during the righting.  Rescue 18 served as the command post for the incident.

 The scene was cleared with no reported emergency personnel injuries and a thanks to all agencies involved.