Tanker Truck of Whisky Flips & Burns in New Jersey Neighborhood

Firefighters and police respond to a tanker truck of Scotch whisky that crashed and caught fire in Woodbridge, New Jersey Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Photo by Gerald Trabalka via MyCentralJersey.com. June 5, 2013 (Updated June 13)  – Police in Woodbridge, New Jersey are trying to figure out what caused a tanker truck hauling 6,000 gallons of Scotch whisky to flip and catch on fire at an intersection in a residential neighborhood today. Firefighters and a hazardous materials team responded to the accident within minutes, helped by the fact that the Fords Fire Company station was located within a block of  the accident scene. A photo of the scene on MyCentralJersey.com shows the aftermath of the crash, which set a small amount of whisky on fire when it spilled from a pressure relief valve on the top of the tank and ignited. The truck also hit a telephone pole and a parked car, which was also damaged in the fire.

The driver was working for B-Line Trucking of Newark, and suffered minor injuries in the crash. According to NJ.com, the company declined to comment on the accident.

Update: On June 18, Caspar MacRae of William Grant & Sons acknowledged in a phone interview with WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie that the whisky in the truck was Clan MacGregor blended Scotch destined for the company’s bottling facility in nearby Edison, New Jersey.

 

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  • MattWoolerJune 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Phew it was only blended. All they needed was for a local grocer to stack his delivery bike into it while carrying a load of oranges and mint, then hose it down with a passing cola trucks load, and for a brief time a glimpse at mixology heaven.

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