Update: Waste Truck Incident in New Jersey
On January 26, 2016 around 2:00 p.m. EST there was an incident involving a CNG refuse truck, owned by Central Jersey Waste. Since learning of the incident, NGVAmerica has been leading the industry effort to investigate and identify the root cause. NGVAmerica has had conversations with multiple parties with knowledge of the incident, along with others interested in the safety of our vehicles. We have also had conversations with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) / National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL), both of whom are interested in participating in the investigation. The vehicle is currently being reviewed by the insurance provider for Central Jersey Waste, and NGVAmerica is working to coordinate an on-site review with DOT and DOE, as soon as the vehicle becomes available.
NGVAmerica’s utmost priority in this incident is to identify the cause and ensure that it is properly covered in codes and standards to prevent this from occurring in the future. Following the investigation, the lessons learned will be shared with the industry. NGVAmerica has also been working with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to ensure that first responders are equipped with the proper training when dealing with alternative fueled vehicles.