COOPERSTOWN – A spokesman for XNG said the truck incident Friday evening occurred when a driver, slowing on icy Route 205 north of Hartwick hamlet as the driver in front of him turned into a driveway, “slid partially off the road … and that was it.”
“There was no driver error,” said XNG’s Jon Pierce. “There was no equipment failure. There was no danger. The truck was (soon) back on the roadway.”
XNG GAS-CARRIER CRASHES
These photos of last Tuesday’s crash of an XNG truck en route south from the company’s plant near Little Falls, were provided to www.AllOTSEGO.com by Bill Huston, Binghamton, who has been monitoring the trucks since they began driving back and forth in February from the Northeast Pennsylvania fracking fields. He writes, “This type of vehicle is a Hexagon Composites Titan-40. It is a very high-tech vehicle, a Type-4 CNG Carbon-Fiber Composite Tube Trailer. They are still IMO experimental, having only been on the road since 2012 when USDOT issued Special Permit SP-14951. These trailers cost $500,000 each.” The company said the truck was empty, although Huston isn’t sure. He said the driver was taken to Bassett Hospital for treatment.
DRIVER RATTLED, BUT UNHURT
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
TOWN OF BURLINGTON – An empty XNG truck en route south from the company’s Little Falls plant went off Route 205 about two miles south of Route 80 at 8:20 a.m. today, according to county Emergency Services Director Art Klinger.
The driver was shook-up, but was able to tell emergency personnel arriving at the scene that the tanker was empty, Klinger said.
“There was no release of gas at any time,” XNG Vice President Matt Smith emphasized in an email received a few moments ago.