Gasoline Tanker Causes Scare on “S” Curves Near Pine Mountain

Pine Mountain (August 7, 2010, 7:15 p.m.)— According to a breaking news report at 6:50 p.m. a gasoline tanker overturned on the Mil Potrero "S" curves this afternoon. But Captain Jake Sherley of the Kern County Fire Department’s Pine Mountain Station 58 said at 7:30 p.m. that there was no overturned tanker.

"The tanker was having a hard time making it up the grade. He missed a gear and rolled back down, jackknifing against the barrier rail. There was no spill and no fire hazard," Sherley said.

The caller reported that CHP alerted all regional fire units. Sherley said that after Engine 58 inspected the scene, fire units stepped down and CHP was left in charge. A tow truck helped stabilize the tanker and put it on its way.

The caller said there was a great deal of speculation in Pine Mountain Village about the possible consequences if the truck had overturned.

This is part of the August 06, 2010 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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