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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Not illustrated. Excerpt: The Los Alfaques Disaster was a road accident and tanker explosion which occurred on July 11, 1978 in Alcanar, near Tarragona, in Spain. A tanker truck loaded with 23 tons of highly flammable liquid propylene experienced a fire and subsequent BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) while on the N-340 ...

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Not illustrated. Excerpt: The Los Alfaques Disaster was a road accident and tanker explosion which occurred on July 11, 1978 in Alcanar, near Tarragona, in Spain. A tanker truck loaded with 23 tons of highly flammable liquid propylene experienced a fire and subsequent BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) while on the N-340 highway directly in front of the Los Alfaques campsite, located between the road and the sea. 217 people (including the driver) were killed and 200 more were severely burned. The campsite is located at km 159 on the N-340 national road, 2 km south of the town of Sant Carles de la Ràpita. It has been renovated since and still exists today. The truck, consisting of a Pegaso tractor unit registered M-7034-C and a Fruehauf semi-trailer tanker registered M-7981-R, was owned by Cisternas Reunidas S.A. At 10:15 that day, the truck, driven by 50-year old Francisco Imbernón Villena, arrived at the state-owned ENPETROL refinery, located at La Pobla de Mafumet, 9 km North of Tarragona, to be loaded with propylene for another state-owned company, Paular (now REPSOL), from Puertollano. At 12:05 the truck left the refinery carrying 23 tons of propylene, nearly 4 tons over the maximum design load of 19.35 tons. The tanker drivers were under instructions to take the smaller N-340 national road instead of the larger A-7 motorway when carrying cargo to Barcelona, in order to avoid the motorway toll. The N-340 was much narrower and more winding than the A-7, and also carried drivers directly through several densely populated areas. The disaster occurred at 14:35, while the truck was moving past the Los Alfaques campsite after travelling 102 km so far. There are several different witness reports as to the events directly preceding the blas... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=9774953

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  • ISBN-13: 9781158323821
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 6/20/2010
  • Pages: 30
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.07 (d)

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