Please, Wear Your Seatbelt | Chris’s Story

A few weeks ago, here at Amthor, we received an email that stopped us in our tracks. The email was from a man named Chris, and he shared—with tears in his eyes—the story of a horrible accident that would forever change his life. His story deeply moved us, and we wanted to share it in hopes that it will do the same for you.

Chris explained he was driving one of our 2,000-gallon Matador Runabouts ( a portable restroom tank truck), when his truck hydroplaned at 70 mph. Losing control, his vehicle flew sideways up a grass freeway embankment, catching air and rolling four times before it rested.


The accident crushed the cab and was a total loss. But remarkably, the tank itself was undamaged. The only damage was a slight bend in the uppermost paper box on the driver side, easily beaten back into shape, along with a slight angle in the license plate bracket.

Miraculously, Chris walked entirely away from this accident without any injuries and was able to go home to his family that night. For that, we are immensely grateful.

The Amthor tank was the only barrier preventing the cab from being crushed with him inside. The tank did not separate from the frame due to the unique tie-down system Butch Amthor designed many years ago.  We realize this story could have ended very differently, and we are thankful that Chris is here to share his story with us.  It reminds us of the enormous responsibility we have for our customers and the integrity of every tank we manufacture.

In his email, Chris stated,

“Thank you to every single team member who is involved in the process of creating the tanks—from the designer who sketched it, all the way to the person who put the final touch of the tank and everyone in between.”

That being said, we are noting that Chris was an extremely fortunate man because he also informed us that he was not wearing a seatbelt. We are sobered by the fact that this story could have ended very differently, and feel the call to encourage our customers to always wear their seatbelts.

We are aware it can be tempting to remain unbuckled when your job requires continuously going in and out of the truck—but unfortunately, accidents do happen. It is our deep desire to ensure that our customers go home to their families safely. So, when you’re on the road, wear your seatbelt; if you are a fleet operations manager, scheduler, or controller—please remind your drivers to buckle up. For safety and for family.

His story deeply moved us, and we wanted to share it in hopes that it will do the same for you.


Waste Oil

Waste oil trucks are tanker trucks that are designed for the specific purpose of picking up waste oils, such as yellow grease, brown grease and motor oils. If you’re in need of waste oil tanker trucks, you’ll want to purchase them from a company that provides a number of customization options to ensure that your waste oil tanker trucks meet your specific needs. Here at Amthor International, we are one such company.

Our Amthor International Waste Oil Trucks

The quality of our waste oil truck design means that you won’t find another waste oil tanker truck that’s more efficient or driver friendly. The following are just some of the customization options that are available when it comes to purchasing a waste oil tanker at Amthor International:

  • We offer three different options when it comes to the material we build the tank out of. These options include steel, stainless steel and aluminum.
  • There are two different shaped tanks that you can choose from – the Cardinal waste oil tank and the Monarch waste oil tank.
  • You can choose to add a number of different compartments to your trucks – and you can choose from a variety of compartment sizes as well.
  • Depending on what your specific transportation needs are, we offer heavier duty off-road construction options as well.
  • You can choose from a number of different chassis makes and models.
  • You can choose from several different tank pumping, piping and filtration options.

In addition to these customizable options. All of our oil waste tankers are designed with specialized waste oil troughs and filtration systems and come with a tank sill hose storage and casted door. Last but not least, each tank has a rear ladder along with built-in drains in order to properly drain any liquid that will be in between the top overturn protection.

Choosing Amthor International

Here at Amthor International, we don’t just have a reputation for the quality and variety of our tanker trucks and tanker truck options. We are also proud to be a fourth generation family-run business that builds and manufactures all of its tankers in the United States. Our product design, quality and innovation is also the reason why we are the biggest tanker truck manufacturer in the country.

If you are in need of oil waste tanker trucks, then look no further than Amthor International. Be sure to contact us at Amthor International for more information about our waste oil trucks and our customization options.