On March 13, 2014, a tanker truck exploded and burst into flames after crashing in Newark, New Jersey. The truck accident occurred just before 1:45 am on Route 21, otherwise known as McCarter Highway.
After the crash, the truck – which carried 5,000 gallons of gas – exploded, starting a massive fire that created large amounts of smoke and stopped nearby traffic and train service. Firefighters rushed to the scene and poured foam on the blaze. They eventually contained the fire, but removing the tanker took additional time, causing significant delays for transit.
Both the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line were suspended in both directions temporarily near the Newark Penn Station. The wreck also affected Amtrak service. Many train stations operated with residual delays of up to 60 minutes.
According to the report, only the truck’s driver was injured in the accident. However, this incident shows just how severe truck crashes can be. Though the size of commercial vehicles alone can make them very dangerous, many of these vehicles carry hazardous materials such as toxic substances that can greatly increase the likelihood of catastrophic injury or wrongful death. These trucks can be very difficult to operate, especially at such a late hour, so truck drivers need to be cautious to avoid driver error. Though this crash resulted in injuries to only one person, the possibilities for damages and serious injury is immense.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Call our Middlesex County Injury Lawyers
The Middlesex County injury attorneys at the Spevack Law Firm are prepared to assist victims of truck crashes. The injuries and damages that result from a truck wreck can seem unbearable. If you were injured in a collision with a commercial truck, we understand what you are going through and we can help. Our firm offers personal support – our lawyers will make sure to answer your questions and always work to resolve an injury case the way you see fit. We offer free consultations for truck accident victims, so you have nothing to lose by calling our office today. Your health is most important, so let us secure compensation for you while you focus on recovery.
[Did You Know: According to the NJ Department of Transportation, Middlesex County experienced over 29,000 vehicle crashes in 2012.]
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