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Tenino, Washington – Truck Crashes Into Train Car, Causes Fuel Spill

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Posted on January 9, 2020

Tenino, Washington (January 8, 2020) – A two truck hauling a semi truck crashed into empty train cars on Crowder Road Southeast and Blumauer Road Southeast on Wednesday night. According to the report from KOMO news, no injuries have been reported in the incident and passenger train traffic has not been affected by the crash.

According to the information provided by the Thurston County Fire department, the incident occurred just before midnight. The tow truck had braking issues and crashed into a train that had been parked on the tracks. Additionally, a freight train passed by before the scene could be closed down, clipping one of the train cars. The semi truck also sustained a ruptured fuel line, causing a spill of 30 gallons of diesel fuel. The incident caused Crowder Road Southeast to be closed while the crash and the spill were being cleaned up.

About Truck Accidents

The state of Washington’s  2015 Annual Collision Data Summary reported that 6,091 commercial vehicle or heavy trucks were involved in collisions in 2015. These crashes included 38 fatal collisions, 85 serious injury collisions, 1,352 minor injury collisions, 4,565 property damage collisions, and 51 unknown injury collisions. Truck accidents can have many causes, and due to the size and road performance of these vehicles, the involvement of one in an accident can lead to heavy losses. Unlike other vehicles, truck accidents can involve many people other than the driver, such as the owner of the truck, the manufacturer of parts, the company which handles it, and so on and so forth. Truck accidents also have a varied list of causes. Weather and road conditions can play a part in it. There are also of course driver errors, as well as lack of training in operating the truck. Additionally, due to the type of job, both drivers and vehicles can experience fatigue.

Whether operating a truck or seeing one on the road, all drivers must follow regulations to avoid incurring damages and injuries to themselves and people around them. We ask truck drivers to be particularly cautious while driving at night, and to be aware of possible road hazards such as tight turns, rough roads, and fixed objects. While it is  important for all drivers to keep vehicles in good condition, it holds especially true for trucks which carry heavy cargo and make prolonged trips. Doing these steps can ensure the driver’s safety as well as the safety of other people on the road.If you have been the victim of a truck accident, we extend our sympathy and compassion.