Yesterday morning, an 18-wheeler collision on a highway in Atlanta triggered multiple explosions and a fire that burned for several hours. Traffic backed up for 10 miles, with some motorists waiting in traffic for up to 5 hours. According to fire officials, the fire was ignited by the cargo of both trucks: one was carrying lumber, the other was carrying candles. It took firefighters three hours to get the fire under control.
Authorities believe the truck crash was caused by a third truck that was abandoned by its operator after he lost control of the rig. The initial collision between the two trucks also triggered secondary collisions later on that morning, including a wreck involving a fire engine responding to the emergency.
Miraculously, no one was killed. The third tractor-trailer operator suffered minor burn injuries, but the other two drivers seemed to be physically unharmed. The driver of an SUV that was pinned between the lumber truck and the candle truck also survived, and he attributes his survival to incredible timing: if he had arrived “two seconds earlier,” he says he would have died.
Investigation Will Show Who Is Responsible
While the cause of the explosion and the wreck is clear, why it happened hasn’t been uncovered. Why did the initial tractor-trailer lose control in the first place? Was there something else the operator could have done to prevent a collision? These are questions that need answering.
While it’s fortunate that no one died, accidents like these have a long-term impact on people’s psychological and physical health. Soft-tissue damage, orthopedic injuries, and post-traumatic stress are all associated with 18-wheeler accidents, and they all have lifelong implications if they’re severe enough. Everyone who survived that explosion deserves the opportunity to face whoever caused it and demand what they need to recover.
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