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Maryland truck accident sills fuel, injures 2

What happens when you "drive drowsy?" One truck driver found out in Silver Spring, Maryland, on the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway. He was passing two stopped vehicles in this truck accident and sideswiped the stopped vehicles.

This truck accident could have been so much worse. In this case, there were no fatalities, but there were injuries.

The Maryland State Police state that a trooper stopped a vehicle on the Outer Loop near Colesville Road. A tractor-trailer truck passed them and sideswiped both the trooper's car and the other vehicle.

The tractor-trailer continued another 100 yards, jackknifed and crossed several lanes of the highway. This caused the 18-wheeler's tank to rupture. A huge fuel spill became an instant hazard and caused a 5-hour road closure during rush hour traffic.

Both the trooper and the 39-year-old driver of the additional vehicle that was struck were taken to a local hospital for observation and examination. Luckily enough, both were not seriously injured.

With the road closure during the morning commute, many drivers were stuck for hours in traffic, and many were not happy. Approximately 200,000 drivers were involved and even after the fuel spill was sanitized and the road made safe for driving, the traffic snarl went on for a few hours afterward.

A representative from a national roadway assistance company said that it takes too many hours to clean up these types of fuel spills, and they occur often enough for the local community in Silver Spring, Maryland, to be aware of the length of time it takes to clear it up. The police department stated that the road closure was necessary because of the amount of fuel that spilled. They said in order for the roadway to be safe, steps and precautions must take precedence.

To reiterate a point, drowsy driving is unsafe and, when the road becomes mesmerizing and those white lines hypnotize you, it is time to take a break.

If you have been injured in a truck accident that caused you injury or if someone you love has had this happen to them, it seems as if there is no one in your corner to explain what comes next. Getting the right kind of professional legal advice could make a real difference in your future.

Source: WUSA, "Tractor trailer-cruiser crash closes Outer Loop in Silver Spring" No author given, Jun. 02, 2014

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