Hundreds of people living in Rensselaer County remain evacuated this morning after a propane truck owned by Venezia Hauling, rolled over and caught fire yesterday afternoon on Route 7 in Hoosick. Our Erin Vannella has more from those who were forced from their homes.
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- A tanker truck carrying nearly 10,000 gallons of liquid propane exploded into flames in Hoosick Monday afternoon, forcing road closures and the evacuation of more than 100 homes and businesses within about a mile radius. Detours extended for miles around Route 22 and Route 7, backing up traffic in many parts.
Firefighters from 10 departments, including Troy and the Rensselaer County Hazmat team, were called in.
Since the propane poses a risk to ignite, crews will continue to monitor the spill while Red Cross shelters offered assistance for people forced from their homes.
"They were afraid it was gonna blow is what the guy said. If it blew, it'd probably take everything down," said JoAnn Ely.
"Wverybody has chipped in at this point and threes quite a bit of diversion of traffic. I've seen some problems with emergency ambulances going over to Bennington and they're just held up on their normal route. But everybody is calm and everybody seems to be helping as much as they can," Emil Baker said.
Rensselaer County officials tell us the propane truck was owned by Venezia Hauling.
Firefighters say it may take two to three days for the propane to dissipate.
The Red Cross will staff two shelters for evacuees offering food and a place to stay: One at the Baptist Church on South street in Hoosick and one in Pittstown at the emergency volunteer center
Raw footage courtesy of North Country Heli-Flight
Albany/HV: Evacuations ordered after propane truck accident in Hoosick
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Photos courtesy the New York State taken by the police bomb squad robot