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Florida fuel tanker collides with a truck

On Friday, Oct. 20, in the Florida Keys, the Overseas Highway was forced to cease all operation in both directions for roughly three hours when a truck and a fuel tanker came into a collision at 1 p.m.

The collision was reported to be a situation where the two trucks hit each other head-on, with the fuel tanker heading northbound. The fuel tanker overturned as a result, and there was a significant danger because of the highly flammable spillage that ensued.

In the three hours that the Overseas Highway was closed, the Monroe Country Fire Rescue operated intensely, working to clear the fuel spillage and prevent any fire or explosion. The fuel tanker had a total load consisting of 1,500 gallons of diesel and 3,400 gallons of unleaded fuel. A large amount of this spilled onto the road and the surrounding area. The clear-up effort also required the assistance of the EPA.

Luckily the crash was not a tragic one. One driver had to be hospitalized because of injuries, and was admitted to the Lower Keys Medical Center for treatment. The other driver did not suffer injuries that needed hospital treatment.

The cause and the associated liability of this accident has not been reported. Since it was a head-on collision, it is likely that there will be an investigation in order to determine liability in the future.

Truck accidents are very serious events that have the possibility to not only injure the driver, but present dangers to the general public because of the possible offloading of goods.

Source: Miami Herald, "Fuel tanker collides with truck," Oct. 20, 2017

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