More than 3,500 people were killed in accidents involving large commercial trucks in 2013 alone. Of those fatalities, 82% were occupants of passenger vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. Although truck drivers can surely sustain serious personal injuries, it is far more likely for occupants of a passenger vehicle involved in a truck-related crash to be severely injured. This is due to the size and sheer weight of most commercial trucks. Undoubtedly, at 20-30 times the weight of an average motor vehicle, large commercial trucks have the ability to crush smaller vehicles in a collision.
Four sharks were being transported from the coast of Florida to Coney Island in New York when a traffic accident forced a change of plans. According to NBC New York, the four sandbar sharks were being transported to the Coney Island Aquarium. Before even leaving Florida, however, one of the truck’s tires blew, causing the truck to run off the side of the highway.
Although there were four sharks en route, only one of the sharks was lost in the accident. The sharks were kept in four separate tanks, and fortunately only one of the four tanks burst open in the truck accident. The driver and two passengers were not injured in the crash.
Although three of the sharks were unharmed, the truck was damaged enough that it could not continue to transport the sharks up the coast to their new home. Alternatively, a rescue team from SeaWorld Orlando came to move the remaining sharks until permanent arrangements can be made.