Two North Carolina Interstates Affected by Fiery Tanker Truck Crash
GREENSBORO, NC. – Two interstates in North Carolina were affected by a fiery tanker truck crash according to an online news report from cbs17.com.*
A tanker truck loaded with 8,500 gallons of gasoline was traveling in Greensboro, North Carolina, destined for a station in Asheboro, North Carolina. The truck hit a patch of ice on the Interstate 73 South ramp above Interstate 85 North. The driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and drove off the roadway, hit a snow-covered embankment and concrete barrier, and overturned.
After impact, the truck caught on fire. The driver of the truck, Carl Wilson Throckmorton III, was able to escape from the vehicle before it caught fire and was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. He has since been released, and authorities indicate he has been cited for driving too fast for conditions.
Traffic was delayed on both interstates after the crash, and lanes were closed for hours while crews investigated and cleaned up the mess. No additional information is available about the crash at this time.
According to an article from the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003 and 2007, fire departments throughout the United States responded to almost 290,000 vehicle fires each year. These fires caused annual averages of 480 deaths, 1,525 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. On average, 31 highway vehicle fires were reported every hour during this time period.
Highway vehicle fires accounted for 17 percent of reported fires nationally from 2003 to 2007, 12 percent of fire deaths, 8 percent of civilian fire injuries, and 9 percent of property damage from reported fires.
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Source:https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Vehicle-fires/Vehicle-fire-trends-and-patterns and https://www.cbs17.com/news/north-carolina-news/fiery-crash-closes-stretch-of-i-73-i-85-in-greensboro-for-hours/1657868478
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