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Yakima, Washington – Highway Closed Due to Crashed Tractor Trailer

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Posted on July 28, 2019

Yakima, Washington (July 25, 2019) – Exit 38 of westbound Interstate 82 was reported to be closed on Tuesdya due to an incident where a tractor trailer crashed and fell on its side. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported in the incident. The tractor trailer was reported to contain hazardous materials, ad there were fuel leaks and a small amount of product leaking from the trailer. However, there was no visible evidence of hazardous materials such as vapor or fire, and overall the scene is believed to be a minor hazmat incident.

The circumstances leading up to the crash has not been determined, but it appears no other vehicles were involved. Many agencies were working on the scene to clean up the spill.

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, as was the case in this particular truck accident. 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.

This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on their side can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation where a vehicle turns onto its side or roof. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Injuries from these accidents can include conditions as serious as brain and spinal injury. 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. If you have been the victim of a truck accident, we extend our sympathy and compassion.