February 14, 2013

Driver of Fuel Tanker Burned After Truck Crashed

By Jonathan Damashek

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A truck carrying 8,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline and 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel crashed through a guardrail on Route 7 in Hoosick, New York on February 13, 2013. The tanker rolled off the road and into a nearby creek, but not before catching fire and exploding. The remnants of gasoline from the flame-engulfed truck seeped into the creek. Authorities report that the driver escaped from the burning truck, and was walking alongside the freeway where he was picked up by a motorist. From there, the driver was dropped off at a shop of Route 7, and an ambulance was called. He was said to have suffered from burns on his hands and face, and possibly in his respiratory system.

A police sergeant was surprised at how quickly the truck burned. He showed up at the scene within an hour, and by that point, the truck was nearly obliterated by the fire. The fire burned all but two pieces of the truck, which were towed from the site of the crash. Authorities did not notice brake marks on Route 7, which meant that the driver was not aware that he was about to lose control of the tanker. The cause of the accident is still unknown at this time. Fire Department Chief William Rifenburgh stated that truck accidents on that part of Route 7 are fairly common. A year ago, a propane truck went off Route 7 about half a mile west of the most recent crash.

The driver from the crash a year ago did not suffer from any serious injuries, but the driver from the latest crash wasn’t as lucky. Burns can range from easily treatable to life changing, but both require immediate attention. A New York City personal injury attorney at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek is prepared to deal with any form of physical damage sustained in an accident. The firm has over 75 years combined experience in representing those who have suffered personal injuries, and have been able to recover more than $150 million in settlements. If injured in an accident, do not hesitate to contact Hecht Kleeger & Damashek today.