Few things are more frightening to motorists than fiery crashes involving big tankers that may be full of fuel or other flammable substances. A crash of that kind occurred on the afternoon of Aug. 27, as two tractor-trailers crashed in a head-on collision. Officials have confirmed that the truck accident happened near Caryville, Tennessee, in a Campbell County.
As a result of the accident, all of the lanes of Interstate 75 in Campbell County were closed. According to a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the north and southbound lanes had been cleared by 10:30 p.m. They took more than seven hours to reopen.
The crash, Tennessee Highway Patrol officials say, happened about 3 p.m. A rig was hauling batteries when it suddenly veered across the meridian and into southbound traffic. When it did, it hit a southbound tanker truck. That truck was carrying a full load of hazardous oxidizing material. A passenger vehicle was caught up in the accident, too, as the trucks crashed.
One person was killed in the accident. Details about that individual and which vehicle they were in at the time of the collision have not been released. Three other people survived the wreck but were injured. Those people were taken by Lifestar helicopter to the local Tennessee Medical Center and treated. As of Wednesday night, the hospital has not released details about their conditions.
In this case, the causes are still under investigation. The survivors are undoubtedly focused on addressing their medical needs now but will be interested to know the findings in the case as those are determined. Victims of comparable truck accidents in Tennessee will also want to find out the facts in their cases so they can pursue legal action with the help of an attorney.
Source: Knox News, “Fiery I-75 crash kills 1, injures 3” Hayes Hickman, Aug. 27, 2014