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Three injured in upstate New York tanker truck explosion

18 October 2016

Three people were hospitalised on October 17 after a tanker truck being loaded with a mix of kerosene and asphalt caught fire and exploded at an asphalt plant in Glenville near Albany, NY. During the heating of a valve on the truck vapours ignited, causing the fire and ensuing explosion, officials said. The incident is still under investigation.

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The explosion happened at Mohawk Asphalt Emulsions, according to local sources, and the three casualties were conscious when they were taken to area hospitals, with one being transported by helicopter

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration dispatched inspectors to the scene after the explosion. The organization will be determining whether there were any violations in worker safety leading up to the explosion. The asphalt company has not been cited previously for OSHA violations.

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