Propane tank ties up traffic

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Wedged under car

A 20-pound propane cylinder became lodged under the rear axle of a box truck, during morning traffic, on State Road 200 on Thursday, March 16..

Engine No. 6 was dispatched, at 6:58 a.m., to SW College Road and SW 35th Terrace where a single vehicle accident was reported.

Firefighters arrived to find a white Dodge diesel work truck, stopped in the median turn lane with a propane tank wedged underneath.

Although the truck had no damage, and there were no injuries to report, the gas leak taking place in the middle of State Road 200, directly underneath a working vehicle, was a concern. With hose line on hand, and safety vehicles creating a perimeter around the work truck, firefighters kept the area secure until the truck was lifted off the gas cylinder.

“Despite the incident occurring during morning rush hour, drivers’ willingness to move over allowed for a safe perimeter to be established,” said Public Information Officer, Ashley Lopez. “By vacating the lane closest to the emergency vehicle, and reducing their speed, drivers helped protect fellow motorists, the rescuers, and those who initiated the call – the ones in need.”