Gas Pipeline Explosion in Alabama prompts emergency order for hours of service waiver

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kydot transportation.jpgKentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Sec. Greg Thomas today issued an emergency order waiving the hours of service for commercial motor vehicle operators delivering petroleum in Kentucky.  The order is in response to a gasoline pipeline explosion in rural Shelby County, Alabama.

The order, issued Monday, temporarily relieves drivers of commercial motor vehicles from restrictions on hours of service while they are transporting petroleum in Kentucky.

Drivers are required to have a copy of the order in the truck cab if delivering petroleum beyond their normal hours of service.  Drivers are required to follow state and federal safety regulations at all times.

On Oct. 31, crews struck a gas pipeline belonging to Colonial Pipeline during an excavation project.  The blast resulted in one fatality, multiple injuries and burned for days. The pipeline, which runs from Houston to New York, provides gasoline to an estimated 50 million people on the East Coast daily.

Kentucky’s emergency order will expire on Nov. 22 at midnight. You can read the order here: Emergency Order 110497

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