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6A Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 Feather River Bulletin A vapor cloud shrouds a propane tank moments after it fell off a truck in East Quincy on Monday morning. Photo by Jeanne Garland TANK, from page 1A The sheriff and California Highway Patrol closed the road moments after the tank hit the pavement at 10:15 a.m. It remained closed for three hours. Sheriff's dispatchers used the Code Red notification system to send a recorded message to residents from East Main west of Redberg Avenue to Lee Road and over to North Mill Creek Road. The message directed residents to leave the area and move to an evacuation center at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. No one was injured in the accident, but the sight of the tank spewing gas startled people in the area. "It scared the (expletive) out of me," said Colleen "Squeek" Crane from Town and Country Properties. "I was sitting in the offme when I heard a big 'clang, clang, dang!' I walked out the front door and just saw what looked like white steam billowing. Once it cleared I saw that it was a propane tank, so I ran inside with my hands trembling and dialed 911." Rick Marchus was driving westbound on Highway 70 when he saw a truck carrying the propane tank turn westbound off Redberg • Avenue onto the highway. Marchus said he thought the tank didn't look properly secured. He said the tank then fell out of the truck and began spraying propane, causing a blinding white cloud in front of him. "It was a little too late for me to slam on the brakes, so I decided to just drive through it," said Marchus. "I just coasted through while it was spewing propane." Once Marchus drove through the cloud, he pulled his van diagonally across the highway to stop traffic. Marchus noted that the truck driver immediately turned his truck around once he noticed the tank had A wooden cork plugs the propane tank before the tank is removed from the road. Photo courtesy Quincy Fire Department detached. Quincy Fire Chief Robbie Cassou said the sheriff and CHP had blocked the road by the time the fire department arrived. Cassou said the tank was about 60 percent full when the accident happened. He said the contact with the road broke the main valve, causing the leak. Cassou said every gallon of propane in a tank creates 275 gallons of vapor when it is released. That accounted for the large vapor cloud. He said the fire department deployed a 450-foot hose and sprayed a blanket of water on the cloud to help knock it down and help it disperse. After thermal imaging was used to assess thedamage to the tank, Amerigas' Curt Nieman and Joe BlackweU from the county road department put on protective gear and placed a wooden plug in the tank. • DULGG nq THE 6Ak'i EXPE • fresh pastries • breads & bagels • cakes & pies • coffee drinks • lunch specials GT • Holiday Cookie Assortment • Turkey-Cranberry Bagels • Tiramisu OPi::hJ TUE..%-AT 446 Main St., Quincy • J)22 The food banks in Quincy are depleted & need restocking. I.; j I .... iii Organizer Sherri McConnell, Advertising Manager at Feather Publishing Co., said, "We collected over 100 lbs of food for our local food bank in Quincy last year. Help us exceed our goal in 2014!" "Help Feed Hungry Families" Drop off your donations at: The evacuation was called off and the road was opened to traffic about 1:15 p.m. The tank was moved to U.S. Forest Service land up La Porte Road past Thompson Valley where the propane could safely dissipate. Cassou said the tank was still 40 percent full when it was moved. The Forest Service closed La Porte Road for about 45 minutes until the tank was completely empty. Volunteer firefighters from Meadow Valley, Long Valley and Greenhorn responded to the accident along with the Forest Service, Caltrans and the county environmental health department. The Plumas County Office of Emergency Services coordinated the evacuation. Staff Writer James Wilson contributed to this report. Q. from page 1A The Feather River Bulletin 287 Lawrence St., Quincy 283-0800 8am-5pm • Mon-Fri •, Saturday: 39th annual Eta Alpha Holiday Craft Faire, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Commercial Building at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Handmade items, home-baked treats, food, door prizes, 50/50 drawing. Photos with Santa 10 a.m. - noon, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. For table information: Sally, 283-2668. Open house, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Carey Candy Co. Featuring caramel apples, store specials; Mary Kay product : demonstrations.. ) i Tuesday: Speaker presentation, 6 p.m., Plumas Arts Gallery. The Common Good Community Foundation presents Sally Yost on lookout artist retreat. Doors open 5:30 p.m. for treats. Wed. - Thurs., Dec. 10 - 11: Plumas Community School field trip fundraiser, Safeway parking lot. Students offer die-dyed T-shirts, gloves, hats; bake sale. MURDER, from page 1A reporting her missing. Her boyfriend initially reported Allen missing at 6:35 p.m. Monday. He told dispatchers that Altes and a camp vehicle were also missing. While deputies were driving to the scene, Allen's boyfriend phoned to report he had found his girlfriend dead. According to the sheriff, Allen's credit cards were stolen during the crime, along with a shotgun and ammunition. The sheriff soon issued an alert to law enforcement agencies in the region. It was the stolen credit card that helped lead officers to Altes. Allen's credit card was used Monday night in Corning. The California Highway Patrol contacted the sheriff to report officers had contact with Altes shortly before the alert was issued. The CHP located the missing camp vehicle at a rest stop north of Willows. Altes was arrested at the rest stop by Glenn County sheriff's deputies following a short foot chase. He was transported to the Plumas County Jail early Tuesday morning where he is being held on $1 million bail. Altes is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge Thursday in Plumas County Superior Court in Quincy. Allen was a longtime Indian Valley resident. She ran Coppercreek Camp, which was founded by her father, John Lindskog, in 1965. Allen was active in youth sports, coaching a club volleyball team in Indian Valley. She was instrumental in starting a youth volleyball program at the elementary school. She was the head "i olleyilllach at  Greenville High from 2009 to 2011. 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