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Boward County Truck Accident & Fuel Spill

Boward County Truck Accident & Fuel Spill

A tanker truck overturned on Interstate 595 in Broward County on Monday morning, causing a fuel spill and traffic delays. The crash happened at 9 a.m. on the westbound lanes of I-595 just east of I-95.

There were no reports of injuries, but crews were working to clean up a small fuel spill of 20 gallons and transfer 9,000 gallons of fuel from the tanker truck to a second trailer. The accident prompted the closure of all lanes of I-595 east of I-95. Motorists were urged to use Griffin Road as a detour.

The sheriff’s office said motorists should expect lengthy delays until the situation was resolved. According to FHP, the entry to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and to Port Everglades was being affected by the accident.

FHP said eastbound traffic was being diverted to the Florida Turnpike and I-95 while westbound traffic was being diverted to southbound lanes of I-95. The FHP also said it planned to close westbound I-95 at US Highway 1 at Port Everglades.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Here are some additional details that were not included in the original report:

  • The tanker truck was carrying gasoline.
  • The crash happened when the tanker truck was sideswiped by another vehicle.
  • The driver of the tanker truck was not injured.
  • The cleanup of the fuel spill was expected to take several hours.
  • The closure of I-595 was expected to cause significant traffic delays.

The crash is a reminder of the dangers of driving on busy highways. Drivers should always be aware of their surroundings and should avoid distractions, such as using their phones or other electronic devices.

Truck Accidents: How to Avoid Them

Truck Law explains that there are a number of things that drivers can do to avoid being involved in a Florida truck accident. Here are a few tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Trucks are large and can be difficult to see, especially in blind spots. Be sure to check your mirrors frequently and be aware of your surroundings when driving near trucks.
  • Give trucks plenty of space. Trucks take longer to stop than cars, so it’s important to give them plenty of space when driving behind them. This will give you time to react if the truck stops suddenly.
  • Don’t tailgate trucks. Tailgating is a major cause of truck accidents. If you’re following a truck, be sure to leave at least three seconds of space between your vehicle and the truck in front of you.
  • Don’t pass trucks on the right. It’s illegal to pass trucks on the right in most states. This is because trucks often have to swing wide when turning, and you could be in their blind spot.
  • Be patient. Trucks can’t accelerate or brake as quickly as cars, so be patient when driving behind them. Don’t try to make them go faster by tailgating or honking your horn.

By following these tips, you can help to avoid being involved in a truck accident.

Here are some additional tips that you can follow to avoid being involved in a truck accident:

  • Avoid driving during rush hour. This is when there is the most traffic, and trucks are more likely to be involved in accidents.
  • Avoid driving in bad weather. Trucks can be more difficult to control in bad weather, so it’s best to avoid driving if possible.
  • Be aware of the signs of a tired truck driver. These signs include:
    • Swerving
    • Slow reaction time
    • Frequent stops
    • Yawning
    • Drowsy eyes

If you see a truck driver who is exhibiting any of these signs, it’s best to give them plenty of space and let them pass.

By following these tips, you can help to avoid being involved in a truck accident.