FBI said it was checking about a half-dozen leads in the
attempted hijacking of a fuel truck in Morgan County, IN.
Agent Doug Garrison said March 27 that nobody had been questioned,
but some leads seemed promising.
Police said the incident happened around 10:36 a.m. March
24 on southbound Indiana Highway 37 near Bloomington in Martinsville,
IN. A GMC Yukon truck with flashing blue and red lights and
no license plate tried to get the tanker to stop.
were two men in the Yukon, police said. The FBI told Land
Line the driver of the Yukon pointed a gun at the truckdriver.
FBI spokesman for the Indianapolis division, said the agency
had alerted all the local law-enforcement counterparts, who
in turn are reaching out to the appropriate agencies.
is not new; we've known since September 11 that terrorists
would target fuel tanker trucks. This recent incident reinforces
this belief, but at this point, we just don't know what prompted
the attempted hijacking.”
The Flying J is reportedly stepping up security by having
all of their tanker drivers call in 10 minutes before arrival
and then again once they arrive.
Atkinson, Flying J general manager, told Land Line: “We
have a national security plan in place that was formulated
after September 11. Based on current threat levels, we will
react on a national level. We have an ongoing dialogue with
police got a description of the bald, gun-wielding passenger,
the tanker's driver did not get a good look at the Yukon's
with information on the attempted hijacking is asked to call
the Indiana State Police at (317) 897-6220 or the FBI at
trucks and gas stations targeted
the FBI thinks terrorists may be targeting trucking companies
and gas stations, many in those industries have issued alerts, WTHR of
FBI thinks the Martinsville hijacking attempt was no ordinary
9-11 we're looking at particular industries and threats,
and the fact that it's a fuel tanker completely loaded with
gas adds to the interest in this case," FBI Special
Agent Thomas Fuentes told a local television station.
really, really scary sometimes," trucker Gilbert Millan
told the television station. Millan says his company "told
us don't tell anyone what loads we're carrying. If they ask
any individual questions, report it in to the truckstops."
change truckers have noticed, according to the television
report, is that crews are called in to check out all trucks
carrying hazardous materials before passing through a weigh
Dick Larsen, senior editor