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Truck accident causes injuries and environmental concerns

Large commercial trucks often carry dangerous materials that can be hazardous to the environment and to humans. When truck accidents occur, these dangerous materials can exacerbate the damage caused by the accident.

The Department of Environmental Protection had to step in following a recent Pennsylvania truck accident. In this case, a tractor trailer hauling diesel fuel collided with two other trucks. These trucks were carrying brine water used in natural gas drilling operations.

Reports are unclear about how the truck accident occurred or who was at fault. However, as a result of the 3:00 a.m. collision, 400 gallons of brine water and 1,300 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled onto the local roadway. Crews were able to contain some of the spilled material, however, reports say that some of the fluids leaked into a nearby waterway. In addition to the environmental concerns, personal injury was also involved in the truck accident. Reports indicate that two of the truck drivers were injured in the truck accident and had to be taken to local hospitals. Authorities have not announced which trucks these drivers were operating or the extent of their injuries.

However, whenever anyone is injured in a truck accident, people should make sure an investigation is undertaken. Pennsylvania residents can suffer serious injuries in even minor accidents involving trucks. The hazardous materials, the weight and size of the trucks all pose a significant threat to others on the roadway.

Pennsylvania residents likely hope that all truck driver are well rested and attentive when operating such dangerous machinery. However, this isn't always the case. When accidents are the result of a negligent truck driver, truck accident victims should explore their legal rights, including the right to compensation for their injuries.

Source: The Washington Times, "Shale gas trucks crash in Pennsylvania," April 21, 2014

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