Semi-Truck Jumps Highway and Catches Fire

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 8:00am by

A semi-truck accident was caught on a dashboard camera on August 2. The video shows the tractor-trailer crossing Interstate 74 median at a high speed, briefly becoming airborne and catching fire as it landed on the guardrail on the other side of the interstate.

Two people were in the cab at the time of the accident and were not seriously hurt. 30-year-old driver Ryan Young suffered minor facial and head injuries while his 7-year-old son only suffered scratches.

The crash is still under investigation. According to the Young, he swerved to avoid hitting a car that was drifting into his lane. State Police Sergeant Noel Houze says the truck’s fuel ignited when the truck landed on the guardrail tearing the fuel tank.

This accident only reinforces the need for vigilance around large trucks. This accident did not have any serious injuries, but shows how hard it is for a vehicle the size of a semi-truck, the maneuver, stop or fix an over-correction.

A tractor-trailer can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds, even more with special permits. To put the size into perspective, tractor-trailers are about the size of a full-grown gray whale. Because these vehicles are so large and difficult to maneuver, there are special “rules of the road” for truckers.

If you or a loved one are victims of a trucking accident, please contact our firm today for a free consultation at (800) 269-3443 or (317) 844-9999.

Doehrman Chamberlain—Indianapolis truck accident attorneys



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