An early morning truck accident happened recently which caused both lanes of Interstate 17 at Dunlap Avenue to be closed for hours (AZ Family 07/01/2011). According to report, the rollover happened around 1:20 a.m. when a truck heading north lost control, flipping over the median wall and into the opposite lanes.
The truck was carrying 9,000 gallons of fuel and created a potentially explosive situation. Hazardous Materials crews were able to confirm a gas leak but not as much as expected. The leak reached both sides of the median but responding crews had it under control. Another tanker was used to transfer the fuel from the rolled over truck.
The driver sustained minor injuries and was already released from the hospital. No one else was reportedly hurt in the Phoenix truck accident.
It took hours before the lanes were reopened as Hazmat crews had to clean up the area and transfer the remaining fuel to another tanker.
Back in 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 3,215 large trucks were involved in fatal car accidents. Large trucks took up 7.1 percent of total vehicles that ended up in fatal crashes.
With the high fatality rate of rollover accidents, it is fortunate that the driver survived with only minor injuries and that no one else was hurt in the incident. Vehicles that are taller and narrower in size are at a greater risk of ending up in a rollover crash. To protect yourself from a rollover crash, make sure to follow appropriate speed limits as rollovers tend to involve excessive speeding.
For a free consultation with an Arizona truck accident injury lawyer, call (602) 457-6222.