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Fuel Tanker Truck Explosion
8/21/2012 1:59:00 PM
Lt. Curtis Miller

At approximately 1428 hours, on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, the Blaine County Communications Center received a report of a fuel tanker truck explosion south of the Ranchers Supply, in Picabo, Idaho.  Members of the Carey Fire Department, the Wood River Fire Department, the Friedman Memorial Airport Fire Department, and the Blaine County Sheriffís Department responded to the Picabo Ranch, southwest of Picabo, where the actual explosion occurred.  45 year old Lee A. Andreas of Firth, Idaho and 53 year old Craig L. Adamson, of Carey, Idaho were on the Picabo Ranch and working in tandem to transfer fuel between Andreasí truck and Adamsonís truck when the fuel trailer which Andreasí was hauling ignited and exploded.  Andreas was standing between the trucks and was knocked to the ground by the explosion.  Andreasí jacket caught fire during the explosion, but it was quickly extinguished.  Andreas was examined at the scene by Carey QRU and Wood River Fire, but refused transport.  Adamson was on top of the fuel trailer and was killed instantly.  Due to the massive fire, extreme heat, concern of further explosions, the fire crews were not able to locate and remove Adamson until 1900 hours.  Blaine County deputies and members of the Carey Fire Department monitored the scene throughout the night.  At approximately 1930 hours all fire units were released from the scene.  At approximately 2047 hours, Adamsonís truck re-ignited and the Carey Fire Department was requested back at the scene to control any further spreading.  Crews from all responding agencies will assist the State Fire Marshall with the investigation on Thursday February 3, 2011.