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Propane leaks from overturned tanker truck
Feb. 11, 2013

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

INDEPENDENCE, MN – Being just a little too close to the edge pulled a propane tanker truck off a driveway and onto its side Tuesday in Independence at a Copeland Road residence just after 11 a.m., causing a propane leak from the truck.

Upon arrival to the residence, located in the 2600 block of Copeland, West Hennepin Public Safety officers found a Waconia Farm Supply Truck with 1,000 pounds of propane rolled over on its side and that propane was leaking from the tank, according to WHPS.

Delano Fire Department arrived and plugged the ruptured line, according to WHPS.

Preliminary investigation shows that the Waconia Farm Supply propane delivery truck, which was being driven by Paul Johnson, 54, of Chaska, was backing into the driveway to make a delivery and got too close to the edge of the driveway. The truck slid off the driveway and rolled over.

Neither Johnson, nor his passenger, Bruce Rhode, 55, of Brownton were seriously injured. Rhode was treated by Delano Fire Rescue and refused any further medical treatment, according to WHPS.

“Delano Fire’s quick response, assessment, and quickly stopping the propane leak prevented a situation that could have escalated,” said WHPS Director Ray McCoy.

McCoy added no neighbors were ever in any danger.

Copeland Road was closed at Highway 12, Hennepin County Road 6 and Dean Lane for approximately two-and-a-half hours while the leak was stopped and the truck was towed.

Assisting WHPS and Delano Fire included the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division.

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