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Suffolk Tractor-Trailer Accidents Spills Fuel, Injures Two In Virginia

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

A two-vehicle collision in Virginia involving a tractor-trailer resulted in one citation for reckless driving and a closed road early on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

According to local authorities and local news sources, the Virginia commercial truck accident took place around 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the ramp where Route 58 Bypass and Portsmouth Boulevard merge in Suffolk, VA. The crash involved a tractor-trailer and a second vehicle. When police arrived on the scene, they closed the road due to a fuel spill from a ruptured tank on the truck – the highway was not re-opened for several hours as crews cleaned up the fuel and removed debris from the crash.

The driver of the tractor-trailer as well as the driver of the other vehicle were both injured in the crash and transported to Sentara Obici Hospital for treatment. A spokesperson from the City of Suffolk said that neither driver has life-threatening injuries and both are expected to recover.

After an initial investigation into the truck accident, police cited the driver of the second vehicle for reckless driving, though it is not readily apparent how the driver violated the law – and whether speeding, unsafe lane changes, or distracted driving could have been involved in the crash.

Truck accidents involving fuel spills can lead to fires, explosions, and environmental concerns. Commercial trucks can carry large amounts of fuel, which make semi truck fuel spills considerably more hazardous that similar spills involving smaller vehicles.

The Suffolk truck accident attorneys at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan wish both drivers a swift and complete recovery from their injuries.

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