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Centralia, Washington – Truck Crash Causes Fuel to Spill on Freeway, Two Lanes Closed

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Posted on July 5, 2019

Centralia, Washington (July 3, 2019) – A truck which crashed and spilled its cargo of fuel caused the closure of all lanes on the northbound Interstate 5 on early Wednesday morning. Fortunately no other vehicles were involved and there were no reports of injuries. The truck driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI. Additionally, some cars drove through the spill before the roadway was closed, causing delays in the clean-up effort.

The circumstances leading up to the crash has not yet been determined.  The crash was reported to have occurred around 4:30 a.m. The truck was said to have been carrying a cargo of 4,000 gallons of oil, with almost half of the amount leaking onto the freeway and nearby environment. Around five miles of the freeway was coated in the spilled fuel. The tanker was put back upright around 9:30 a.m. Traffic was reported to have been backed up by around 6 miles.

About Vehicle Accidents

Unfortunately, car accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on the side or top can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation in which victims may get trapped inside the car. Sometimes, outside help is needed to safely get trapped occupants out of the car. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Cars that are more susceptible to rollover accidents are lighter cars with a high gravity center, though it should be noted any car can roll over given the circumstance. In a rollover crash, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries. Wearing a seat belt helps mitigate possible injuries in this particular type of incident, and also minimizes the chances of being flung from the vehicle when it flips over.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. Be specially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. It would also help to identify busy roads ad try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.

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