Accident Description

Accident: Allied Terminals Fertilizer Tank Collapse

Location: Location: Chesapeake, VA

Accident Occurred On: 11/11/2008 | Final Report Released On: 05/26/2009

Accident Type: Community Impact

Investigation Status: The CSB released its final report at a news conference in Chesapeake, VA on 5/27/2009

On November 12, 2008 a two-million-gallon liquid fertilizer storage tank collapsed at the Allied Terminal distribution facility in Chesapeake, VA. The incident critically injured two contract workers, who were hospitalized. Two members of the public who tried to aid the injured men required treatment likely related to exposure to ammonia vapor from the released fertilizer. The fertilizer over topped a containment dike and flooded sections of a nearby residential neighborhood. At least 200,000 gallons of spilled fertilizer could not be accounted for, and some reached the nearby Elizabeth River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay.