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01/12/05 - East Texas

Truckers Say Public Shouldn't Have Cargo Concerns

by Ramonica R. Jones

No matter where you live in East Texas, you probably pass a tanker on your way to or from work everyday.  In case you've ever wondered what's in one of these tankers, it's easier to answer what they don't contain.

Hot Transport CEO, David Overdorf, says, "As far as the hazardous materials go, we transport a lot of costic soda [and] sulphuric acid; both of those are corrosive, and then we haul methanol, which is a flammable substance."

Tanker spills are rare, but they do happen.  That's why most are inspected every 90 days to check for any potential dangers that can cause wrecks or leaks out on the road.

Overdorf says Hot Transport workers perform, " Regular maintenance intervals on the tractors for breaks, oil leaks [and] wear items on moving parts."

Drivers should also do their part to avoid havoc on the highway.

"This applies to all big trucks: don't travel in their blind spots, which is directly behind them and down the side of them," Overdorf says.  "Just stay clear of those areas and give that truck a little extra distance and a little extra time."

If there is a chemical spill, the Texas Department of Public Safety will call the local hazardous materials team to clean it up.  If a deadly material is involved, work crews will shut down that portion of the highway and evacuate homes nearby.  Many transport companies also have their own HazMat team to ensure public safety.

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