Tanker trucks have a high center of gravity, making them difficult to drive. Because the liquefied loads that they carry are often flammable, an accident involving a tanker truck can be catastrophic.
Law enforcement and firefighters shut down Interstate 95 in both directions after a tanker truck crashed and caught fire in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The accident occurred on a Friday night in the southbound lanes and involved at least two other vehicles. Three people sustained injuries requiring hospitalization in the crash, including the driver of the truck and a child.
Extinguishing the fire and conducting the investigation into the crash required authorities to shut down the entire interstate. It was approximately eight hours before the southbound lanes could reopen, although the northbound lanes were open approximately two hours after the crash.
For reasons that are still unknown, the tanker crashed into several cars between exits 37 and 39. It flipped onto its side and caught fire, sending billows of flame and smoke into the air. No information is available as to the current condition of those hospitalized in the crash nor the nature or severity of their injuries. The child was presumably a passenger in one of the vehicles, but it is unclear which one.
Some of the fuel from the tanker spilled into the nearby Neshaminy Creek, requiring a hazmat team to assist with the cleanup. Aerial footage taken after the collision shows charred material spanning the entire width of the interstate in the southbound lanes.
Authorities have not indicated whether they intend to file any criminal charges in connection with the accident. Nevertheless, those injured in an accident with a large commercial truck may wish to speak with an attorney.