Two men died when a freight truck collided with their vehicle in Lubbock, Texas. The accident happened near North Slide and Clovis Highway in Lubbock. The freight truck was a semi that was pulling multiple trailers when it collided with a passenger vehicle. Both the driver and passenger in the vehicle were killed and the truck driver was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Both men killed were in their 20s.
The freight contained chemicals, which caused great concern. The police called in the Lubbock Fire Rescue hazmat team. The freight truck is owned by Old Dominion Freight Line. The company brought in their own hazmat team as a safety precaution to contain the chemical spill. In addition, troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) were called to the scene as were representatives from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Lubbock officials were investigating the accident.
Concerns of Freight Truck Safety
Freight trucks are semi-trucks that transport freight, which is typically transported in containers. Freight containers are also known as shipping containers and are usually made of metal. They are called intermodal freight containers because they are transported using a variety of methods. The containers are often transported by sea and rail and then transferred to a freight truck for delivery to their final destination.
Freight trucks can be dangerous because of their size and weight and because they often contain hazardous materials. When a large freight truck gets into an accident, it can cause serious damage and injuries, and often fatalities as in this case. The cause of this accident has not been determined. However, trucks of this size and weight can be difficult to control if they try to make a sudden stop or lane change.
The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management states that hazardous materials are any substances that have the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment. They may be biological, chemical, radiological or physical and may cause harm on their own or through interaction with other factors. The Department of Transportation further defines hazardous materials as any material or chemical that is a risk to public safety or the environment during transport. A hazmat team is a group of specially trained professionals who are able to evaluate and clear the hazard during an emergency. A hazardous spill on the roadway could be harmful to other drivers, pedestrians, first responders and to those living or working near the spill.
Hazardous materials must be safely transported. When a freight truck carrying hazardous materials is involved in a crash, it may result in a compromise to the containment of the material. The material must be cleaned by a hazmat team before the road can be cleared for traffic.
If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident with a freight truck you may be owed compensation for your injuries and damages.
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