Earlier this month, a North Carolina truck accident resulted in an ethanol fuel spill of approximately 8,000 gallons. The spill happened within a few miles of a river, causing initial concern about the possible environmental impact.
According to reports, however, the spill did not threaten the local water supply in Rowan County where the wreck happened, since it was “mostly contained” in the immediate area. The accident reportedly happened on Bringle Ferry Road in Rowan County.
How Did it Happen?
The truck accident that caused the spill was apparently a single-vehicle accident. The trooper who provided information to the media about the wreck allegedly said that the truck simply ran off the road and rolled over. This caused the fuel tanker that the trucker was hauling to rupture, thus leading to the spill. The trucker was injured in the accident, but there were apparently no other victims involved. News reports indicate that “speed was not a factor” and that no criminal charges were issued by responding officers.
This, of course, begs the question, “How exactly does a fuel truck just flip over?” With distracted driving such a growing problem these days, one can’t help but wonder whether the trucker might have been texting or glancing down at a phone, causing him to run off the road. It certainly happens often enough. Of course, there is no proof that this is what happened in this particular accident. Perhaps there was an animal in the road, or maybe a motorist did something that required the truck driver to take evasive action, causing him to lose control of the rig.
What is clear is that things could have been much, much worse. Rowan County, where the accident happened, is home to nearly 150,000 people. Had the fuel caught fire or the rig exploded, many lives could have been in danger.
Separate Fuel Truck Accident on the Same Day
A second commercial tanker apparently overturned in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, on the same day. That wreck, which coincidentally also involved a tanker carrying 8,000 gallons of ethanol, happened in Concord at the intersection of North Carolina Route 49 and Lentz Harness Road. That accident necessitated the evacuation of several area residents and adversely affected traffic for several hours, according to media reports.
In that accident, the truck driver was reportedly charged with failure to maintain lanes, and one person (perhaps the trucker) was sent to the hospital due to injuries suffered in the wreck.
Have You Been Hurt by a Negligent Truck Driver in North Carolina?
These accidents just go to show how frequent and potentially dangerous North Carolina truck accidents can be. Fortunately, no one was killed in either of these wrecks, and the damage to the environment was minimal. However, a fatality or environmental disaster is always a possibility when it comes to truck wrecks involving hazardous cargo. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a North Carolina truck crash, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible. It takes time and skill to investigate any type of motor vehicle accident case, but truck accidents in particular call for immediate attention. To get started on your North Carolina truck accident case, call Nagle & Associates now at 800-411-1583.
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