The drivers of big-rig trucks or tractor-trailers possess a commercial driver’s license, and they attend specialized driving schools to learn the skills necessary to drive such massive vehicles safely. That said, accidents do occur, and accidents involving tractor-trailers can be some of the deadliest. According to 2017 data, there were 4,889 large trucks and buses that were involved in fatal accidents. This is a 9% increase from the 2016 data. Additionally, the number of large trucks and buses involved in injury crashes increased by 5%, from 102,000 to 107,000, between 2016 and 2017.
News 4 Jax reports that miles of Interstate 95 Northbound were closed due to a crash between two tractor-trailers and a pickup truck that resulted in a fuel spill.
The incident occurred just before dawn on March 3rd on Interstate 95 north at State Road 16.
Northbound lanes were blocked from County Road 207 to State Road 16 from the time of the accident until almost noon. The six-mile stretch of roadway was inaccessible as workers completed the cleanup of a fuel spill which also caught fire, delaying the reopening.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, one tractor-trailer rear-ended another tractor-trailer that was moving slowly. A pickup truck then hit the back of the second large truck. The accident resulted in 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilling onto the roadway.
Two of the drivers suffered from minor injuries and were transported to Flagler Hospital.
Traffic was redirected from the interstate onto C.R. 207 to U.S. 1. Truckloads of sand were then scattered to cover the fuel spill after the accident was cleared.