Deadly Accident Involving Two 18-wheelers on Interstate 95 South in Boynton Beach, Florida
BOYNTON BEACH, FL – According to an online news report at wflx.com, at least one individual tragically died after two tractor trailers were involved in an accident earlier this week on Interstate 95 going south close to the Gateway Boulevard exit located in Boynton Beach, Florida. The two tractor trailers became engulfed in flames upon impact of the crash.*
According to the news media, the accident occurred early in the morning, which caused two lanes of Interstate 95 to be closed while emergency personnel, including the fire department, worked the scene to extinguish the fire.
Several hours later following the crash, there were still traffic delays close to the Tenth Avenue South exit in Lake Worth Beach.
It appears from a preliminary investigation of the accident that one of the 18-wheelers rear ended the other semi, which caused the wreck and resulted in fire.
A ranger from the Florida Department of Transportation who worked the scene indicated that it took several hours for all lanes to be reopened following the crash.
According to a report of the accident, the two tractor trailers, due to the blaze, melted together, which caused delays in cleaning up the crash site.
Tractor trailers, semi-trucks and other commercial trucks are a usual sight on roads located across the country. Trucks are essential to the United States economy because they transport goods throughout the nation to various locations. These vehicles are less likely to be involved in an accident because truckers are typically highly trained and experienced drivers. However, crashes still do occur, which often turn deadly.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, semi-trucks account for about eight percent of all deadly crashes and three percent of all injury and property damage related accidents. This may seem like a low amount however, each year there are approximately four thousand people who perish in large trucking accidents and over one hundred thousand people who sustain injuries.
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Source:https://www.wflx.com/2019/05/30/all-lanes-blocked-i-southbound-boynton-beach-near-gateway-boulevard-after-semis-catch-fire/ and http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811868.pdf