When a commercial truck overturns on the roadway, there’s more to worry about than just the crash. Fuel tanks on semi trucks can rupture easily in an overturn and cause a fuel spill. This can cause fires and environmental damage.
An overturned semi truck caused such a fire on December 21 according to KTLA.com. It happened in an Elysian Valley neighborhood in the early hours of the morning on the 5 Freeway.
When the truck overturned, fuel spilled everywhere onto the roadway. When police arrived at the scene, the fuel was on fire and an SUV that stopped nearby the accident also caught fire from the intense flames. It is unknown if the SUV crashed into the rig or just stopped in an unlucky position.
The news report does not say if anyone was injured, but it did take crews hours to clean up the mess.
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If you are ever in an accident and your car catches fire, get out of the vehicle as safely as you can and move at least 100 feet away. That will help protect you in the rare chance of a vehicle explosion. Fortunately, it’s quite difficult to make a car explode like in a Hollywood film, but the car doesn’t need to explode to kill you. Smoke inhalation can make you and your passengers pass out and leave you a victim to the flames, or even kill you outright.