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Deadly inferno in interstate tractor-trailer crash

Regular readers of our Raleigh Personal Injury Law Blog know that we cover a variety of topics here, including what can happen when commercial trucks are not driven safely. A recent tractor-trailer crash on an interstate highway showed how quickly lives can be destroyed when big rigs are involved.

A 31-year-old woman driving a silver Volkswagen was involved in a crash had come to a stop on the highway. That was when a large fuel truck carrying more than 8,000 gallons of fuel slammed into her the back end of her car. Both vehicles instantly burst into flames and both drivers were killed in the fires.

Georgia law enforcement officials said the tanker flipped several times after the violent crash. Fuel gushed from the tanker into a storm drain that runs beneath Interstate 85. A news report stated that multiple explosions erupted in the sewer system.

Several motorists had to abandon their vehicles and flee for safety as the inferno raged on the highway and below it. The blaze then ignited a brush fire that knocked out power in the area.

A spokesperson with the state Department of Transportation said: “The fire was so intense that it actually cooked the surface of the pavement.”

We do not know why the tanker truck was unable to stop in time to prevent the horrific crash and fires, but we do know that in similar big rig wrecks that one or more of several factors play prominent roles:

  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigue
  • Truck driver impairment
  • Excess speed

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a negligent truck driver, contact a Raleigh attorney experienced in personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

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