The U.S. Forest Fire Service and first responders were called to the intersection of Elks Club Drive and U.S. Highway 50 after emergency calls reported a tanker truck on fire. When the responders arrived, only 5 minutes after the first call, they discovered a two vehicle accident had occurred involving the tanker and a Prius.
The collision caused the semi-truck to flip onto its side and slide across the highway. The fuel tank on the back, which was full of 8,400 gallons of gasoline, was punctured, spilling onto the highway. The collision also caused a fire and the truck was engulfed in flames. The driver of the truck was unable to escape and was found dead inside of the cab when the flames were finally put out.
The driver of the Prius was taken to the hospital having sustained at minimum, a fractured femur.
The police are investigating the accident. The total environmental impact of the gasoline spill has not yet been determined.
Bobby Thompson is an attorney contributor to the Legal Herald. He recently stated:
“Truck accidents can easily cause severe injuries and death. Auto insurance is required by law and can help to relieve the financial suffering of those involved but when a policy limit is reached, insurance companies simply stop paying. So how to truck accident victims and their loved ones obtain the financial support they need to heal after a devastating accident?
A truck accident lawsuit can provide full compensation for all past and future losses, including bills for medical treatments, lost income, physical pain, and emotional trauma. In the victim dies from the injuries they sustained in the accident, their loved ones can also recover financial compensation for funeral and burial expenses and lost inheritance.
If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident be sure to contact an experienced truck accident attorney as quickly as possible.”