Hernando County Fire Rescue responded to a traffic crash on Interstate 75 early Saturday morning involving two vehicles.
Officials believe a semi-tractor trailer jackknifed and blocked several lanes of I-75. The northbound lanes of the interstate were closed for several hours.
The crash occurred around 1:20 a.m. on I-75 at mile marker 297. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage, according to reports.
The crash caused a fuel tank on the semi-truck was ruptured and leaked around 60 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway.
HazMat crews were able to contain the spill which spread nearly ½ mile in a storm drain.
Both drivers received minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Semi trucks present a serious danger to drivers mostly because they are the largest vehicles on the road. Their sheer size, length, and weight usually mean that a collision will result in serious injuries.
Drivers must use extra caution when driving around semi-trucks. Semi trucks have a tendency to take wide turns and can easily tip over or jackknife. Semi drivers can lose control in an instant of a vehicle weighing tens of thousands of pounds.
After a truck accident, injury victims can suffer both physical and financial hardship. While no one can undo the damage caused by a serious accident, our Hernando County Truck Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can fight for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the truck collision. If you have lost a loved one, we can fight to recover funeral expenses in the event of a wrongful death.
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