December 2018 – Bakersfield, CA: During fueling of a CNG truck, one or more cylinders ruptured, destroying both the truck and the CNG station. The truck driver was also seriously injured.
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December 2018 – Bakersfield, CA: During fueling of a CNG truck, one or more CNG cylinders ruptured, destroying both the truck and the CNG station. In addition, the truck driver who was fueling the vehicle was injured.
The official cause of the incident has not been released.
Could this incident have been prevented?
Most CNG cylinder rupture incidents occur during fueling, and all known ruptures in the U.S. prior to this incident have resulted from undetected CNG cylinder damage.
If this was the case in this incident, the incident may have been preventable by following the NGV industry’s recommended inspection intervals:
For more information about CNG fuel system inspection requirements, click here.
All CNG Fuel System Inspectors must be trained and qualified, and NGVi recommends certification for these inspectors as well to obtain measurable evidence of their ability to complete the inspection according to all codes, standards and industry best practices.
NGVi’s offers ASE-accredited training courses that cover the full spectrum of knowledge and skills required for technicians to be able to work safely on and around natural gas vehicles. For more information about training related to this subject, click here.