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A Gazelle Transportation Inc tractor-trailer unit arrives at a crude oil well site in the Wasco CA field near Bakersfield where the carrier is based. In addition to crude oil, the trucking company transports heavy residual products along the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountains areas of Colorado and Utah. Return to article | Return to photo galleries
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Ron Lallo, owner of Gazelle, has a history with maintenance and a penchant for the latest technology. Return to article | Return to photo galleries
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Mark Antu, field safety supervisor, demonstrates loading a Heil International DOT407 crude oil trailer with 8,820-gallon capacity and equipped with Girard pressure-relief vents, Civacon air-operated vapor vents, Betts internal valves, and Knappco domelids. Return to article | Return to photo galleries
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Driver Rogelio Toledo checks electronic information after loading at the wellhead. Drivers enter personal codes in order to access the loading program so they can indicate the amount of barrels to be loaded. When the amount is reached, the system shuts down automatically. Return to article | Return to photo galleries
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All drivers are dispatched from Bakersfield by Kathy Fendrick, dispatch supervisor, and Andrew Greeson. Not pictured is Yolanda Padilla, the third dispatcher. Return to article | Return to photo galleries
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The Gazelle management team includes [from left] Richard Torres, general manager; Brian Erquhart, safety and human resources manager; Ryan Miller, maintenance director; and Mark Antu, field safety supervisor. Return to article | Return to photo galleries
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In a Rocky Mountains remote region on rough snow-covered dirt and gravel roads, a Freightliner tank wagon hauling a pup arrives at a loading area. Drivers may spend the entire shift on one trip in this weather. Return to article | Return to photo galleries
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A pristine three-bay and well-organized shop indicates the owner’s interest in maintaining equipment to ensure vehicles remain road-ready. Return to article | Return to photo galleries
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Ryan Miller, maintenance director, disconnects a tractor and trailer in order to clean and adjust the fifthwheel. Return to article | Return to photo galleries
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This road service truck carries a full complement of parts and tools. Return to article | Return to photo galleries
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This lineup of tank trailers on the Bakersfield yard includes several new DOT406 tank trailers [at right] awaiting future service. Others are DOT407 tankers used for hauling crude oil. Return to article | Return to photo galleries
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Equipment on DOT406 four - compar tment tank trailer includes Civacon API adapters, Betts internal valves, and Scully overfill protection system. Return to article | Return to photo galleries
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New petroleum tank trailers have Michelin X One wide single tires.