Last Monday, officials in Dacula shut down Winder Highway for about nine hours after a gasoline tanker collided with a passenger car.
Emergency response teams rushed two unidentified victims to Gwinnet Medical Center. The victims sustained injuries, but at last report they were not in danger of losing their lives. The full extent of the injuries or which party is at fault in causing the truck accident remains unclear at this point.
The tanker truck in this instance spilled over half of the 8,500 gallons of gasoline it was carrying. Authorities deployed hazardous material response teams to deal with the spill. The Georgia Department of Transportation said that it will repair the damage to the highway soon. The GDOT spokesperson said that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would also participate in the cleanup process by evaluating air quality at the crash site.
Semi trucks often cause accidents. Truck driver fatigue from continuing to operate a vehicle when the driver is overly tired from having already driven long hours, slow reactions due to the truck's large size and poor maneuverability as well as vulnerability to high winds and a tendency to jackknife are common causes for these accidents.
A truck driver can be at fault and liable for damages even if the driver is also hurt in the accident. It is unclear here whether the truck driver was among the injured.
Trucking companies can also contribute to accidents through poor upkeep and maintenance or by overloading the trailers. Such practices can lead to things such as tire blow-out and brake malfunction. Trucking companies can be held responsible for causing harm through their own actions or through the actions of their employees.
Source: My Fox Atlanta, "Winder Highway Reopens After Tanker Accident," April 9, 2012