Trucks are an essential part of commerce in America, and have become a dependable source of transportation for goods and services. Commercial trucks are significantly larger, heaver and more difficult to control than any other type of motor vehicle on the road. This leads to a lack of maneuverability while driving and also makes truck accidents particularly harmful and dangerous. This is especially true if the truck is hauling dangerous materials, such as oil.
Officials in Bringle, NC are acutely aware of these hazards after they had to shut down a local road last week because an overturned tanker released approximately 8,000 gallons of ethanol fuel onto the road. Officials are unaware of the cause of the accident as no other cars or skid marks were found at the scene. What is known, however, is that at around 6:30 am on Bringle Ferry Road, the oil tanker crashed after it was unable to successfully make a right-hand turn. Next, the truck rolled over, killing its driver James Richard Sechler.
Sechler’s death was tragic, but the charlotteobserver.com is reporting that the single-vehicle accident was severely worsened by the truck’s tanker rupturing from the force of the accident. This resulted in the spilling of thousands of gallons of oil on the road and surrounding area. Emergency crews had to seal off the road and evacuate nearly a dozen homes after the crash and oil spill.
This is an example of why truck accidents can be so harmful. Trucks are not only massive vehicles with limited mobility, but often contain harmful or dangerous cargo if spilled. If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a truck accident, please call our Boston truck accident attorneys 24/7 at 617-787-3700.