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February 22, 2013

Tanker overturns causing highway closures; homes evacuated

BEDFORD — A tractor-trailer tanker carrying 9,000 gallons of propane overturned earlier today about two miles west of Bedford forcing the evacuation of about 50 people and closure of two state highways.

Bedford County Emergency Management Director David Cubbison said that while there are no injuries reported and no leaks from the tanker truck, routes 30 and 31 near the Jean Bonnet Tavern have been closed to traffic.

“They’re off-loading the tanker now and one tiny leak and spark could be bad,” Cubbison said in a telephone interview from the scene.

Authorities are asking motorists to find an alternate route away from the scene until about 11 a.m. when the clean-up should be completed.

So far, the incident has had no impact on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. However, the turnpike commission has been notified and is on alert should a leak in the tanker develop, Cubbison said.

See Saturday’s Tribune-Democrat for additional information.

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