An accident near Dartmouth, New Hampshire presented a high flammability and explosion risk. The crash involved a small pickup truck and a fuel tanker. The driver of the fuel truck was interviewed, and he stated that the pickup truck ran a light and cut him off. As a result, the tanker truck driver had no time to stop and consequently hit the pickup. Surprisingly, the driver of the pickup only had minor injuries, and was sent to the hospital as a precaution.
Also surprising is how quickly the damage was cleaned up off of the road. It took less than an hour to get the tanker and the pickup truck towed away for repair. Typically in accidents such as this, the tanker will spill fuel onto the road. This calls for a hazardous material team to be commissioned for the cleanup. The hazmat team will dispose of the waste properly and test to make sure that there is no remaining contamination on the road or highway.
Explosion is also a potential risk when an accident involves a fuel tanker. If the impact is serious enough, then the fuel may ignite and cause a massive explosion and ensuing fire. The collision took place before 7am and did not significantly impact the flow of traffic.
In order to decrease the amount of fuel truck accidents that occur, the U.S. Department of Transportation along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration set up rules for commercial truck drivers. There are different classes of licenses and different types of training that are required for different trucks. For example, truckers who drive vehicles carrying hazardous materials must take and pass additional skill tests so that they can be approved for safe transport.