Fire crews prepare for long night with leaking propane tanker

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Jaffrey Road in Marlborough shut down

MARLBOROUGH, NH - Over a dozen southwest New Hampshire area fire departments are preparing to work right straight through the night following a three-vehicle collision first thing Monday afternoon that left a leaking propane tanker overturned in the middle of Route 124.

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    A large swath of the Jaffrey Road remained closed as darkness fell Monday night while 10 water tankers from volunteer fire departments operated a shuttle back-and-forth from fill points to the north and south of the accident scene which is near Shaker Brook. 

    Fire crews were using large fog nozzles to try to disperse any leaking gas as part of a containment strategy that state police troopers said includes an effort to pump the gas from the tanker, which was full at the time of the collision, off into another tanker at the scene.

Route 124 was shut down in Troy, miles from the overturned propane tanker

    At one point in the afternoon, ambulance crews examined several firefighters who were believed to have been exposed to some of the leaking propane but troopers said the leak was not large and was eventually contained.

    The chain-reaction crash occurred just after 1 p.m. Monday when an older model Dodge pickup driven by 86-year-old Peter Thomas of Dublin, New Hampshire rear-ended a 2017 Hyundai Elantra driven by Lanie O'Brien, 49, of Swanzey.  

    The impact sent O'Brien across the center line into the path of the Eastern Propane tanker which was being driven by Chris Tucker, 45, of Greenville.

    Thomas and Tucker were unhurt but O'Brien sustained serious injuries and had to be transported to the Cheshire Medical Center.

Trooper Bryne climbs onto a Jaffrey fire tanker to talk to the crew during the water shuttle operation

Rindge volunteer firefighters had been filling tankers for six hours as darkness fell Monday

Families swung into action and brought pizza out to the hungry volunteer firefighters

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