Commercial trucks are inherently unstable due to their high center of gravity, making them prone to tipping over. When a truck that can weigh up to 80,000lbs falls on its side, it can cause massive damage to other motorists and property. A tractor trailer that tipped over north of Columbia, SC didn’t just stall traffic; it forced South Carolinians within a half mile radius to be evacuated from their homes.
The Columbia commercial truck accident occurred after a heavy rain that left the shoulder of the road soft. The semi-truck ran off the road, sinking into the soft ground, and rolled onto its side. The driver of the semi wasn’t seriously injured, but was taken to a Newberry County hospital as a precaution. The real danger in the wreck was what the semi-truck was transporting.
The tractor trailer was carrying blasting caps and chemicals used in quarry operations. The truck dumped the caps onto the road along with spilling gallons of diesel fuel and ammonium nitrate. Ammonium nitrate can be incredibly volatile and was used as the base for ‘fertilizer bombs’ used in the 2011 Delhi bombing that killed 12 people and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168. The mixture of chemicals that was pooling on the South Carolina road was a disaster waiting to happen.
The South Carolina State Department of Health and of Environmental Control along with Newberry County emergency crews responded to the tractor trailer accident site. A half-mile perimeter was set up around the wreck, and residents within that zone were evacuated from their homes. Detours were also set up to keep traffic well away in the event of an explosion.
The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) worked slowly and cautiously to removed the blasting caps while hazardous work crews cleaned the chemicals. After several hours of tense labor the Columbia semi wreck was cleaned up without incident, and the 37-year-old truck driver found himself cited for ‘driving too fast for conditions.’
Columbia, South Carolina Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer
Tractor trailers don’t have to be carrying explosives to be dangers to South Carolina motorists. Often in commercial truck accidents, it’s the people in smaller passenger cars that suffer serious injuries. To get the help you need and a chance at the money you deserve after your Columbia wreck, you need the aid of an experienced commercial truck accident attorney with a proven record in settling 18-wheeler accidents suits in South Carolina.
The Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers at Harris & Graves fight for accident victims in Columbia, Greenville, Anderson, Myrtle Beach, and throughout South Carolina, and they’ll fight for you, too.
So if you’ve been injured by a commercial truck, put Harris & Graves on your side. Contact them today and let them get started on your Columbia commercial truck accident claim today with a free case evaluation.
Source. The State, R. Darren Price, June 13, 2012.
Source. PostandCourier.com, ‘http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20120612/PC16/120619703/explosives-removed-from-newberry-county-wreck-site,’ June 12, 2012.
Source. WPSA.com, ‘http://www2.wspa.com/news/2012/jun/12/12/tractor-trailer-carrying-explosive-materials-promp-ar-3958656/,’ June 12, 2012.