Under-ride, semi-truck accidents can be some of the most devastating accidents on the roadway, often resulting in serious personal injury or even death. One Maryland man narrowly escaped such injury after an early morning collision with a semi-truck in Hartford County on January, not long after a recent winter weather storm dropped several inches on snow in the area.
The man, driving an SUV, crashed into the back end of a semi tanker that was hauling gasoline, lodging his own vehicle underneath. According to authorities, the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department was called out to Route 152 near the Interstate 95 on-ramp around 9 a.m. to assist with the accident.
Crews were able to successfully rescue the driver of the SUV, who only suffered minor injuries in the collision. Officials stated that he refused to be taken to the hospital. The semi-truck driver was not injured in the accident.
Due to the nature of the collision, one county hazmat team had to be called out to the scene, to inspect and ensure the area was safe and not hazardous to life nearby. These officials reported that they did not find any leaks on the tanker, but that the truck was towed away to conduct a more thorough inspection for potential damage.
The ramp to southbound I-95 was closed for multiple hours, and traffic had to be detoured, as crews cleaned up the scene after the crash. Maryland State Police continued to investigate the crash.
Tanker accidents have the potential to create extremely dangerous conditions, including chemical leaks, fires, or explosions—all of which can cause serious burns to accident victims. When these types of tanker accidents also involve under-ride collisions, accident victims can be left helpless and completely dependent on emergency aid for rescue.
At Lewis & Tompkins, we are thankful to hear that the man involved in this accident was able to escape the collision with only minor injuries. If you have any questions or comments regarding truck collisions or under-ride accidents, please feel free to contact us for more important information.