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Tanker Accident on Interstate 10 Stalls Traffic for Hours

Jonathan Hernandez8 months ago

An accident involving a tanker on Interstate 10 shut down the freeway in Fontana on Thursday for multiple hours.

Details About the Tanker Accident

Fontana Herald News is reporting that an accident involving a tanker carrying fuel and another vehicle shut down Interstate 10 between Citrus and Cherry avenues in Fontana on Thursday, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

The fire department further reported that two people were injured in the accident.

The tanker spilled fuel onto the westbound side of Interstate 10, which required a cleaning process that took a long time.

The accident happened at around 12:25 p.m. and caused a massive traffic jam that lasted for several hours. By 9:30 p.m. all the lanes of the Interstate had been reopened.

Officers noticed that the tanker was leaking fuel after it struck a few trees that were on the side of the roadway. The tanker truck was carrying 8,600 gallons of fuel but did not catch fire during the accident or the cleanup process.

According to witness at the scene of the accident, a sedan moved from the left lanes of the, across the highway, and hit the tanker truck on the front left side.

Both the driver of the tanker and the driver of the sedan were taken to Kaiser Hospital in Fontana for minor injuries.

Important Information About Large Trucks

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • The number of traffic fatalities involving large trucks in 2011 decreased 4 percent from the previous year.
  • 78 percent of all fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2012 occurred during a weekday.
  • In 2012, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes in the United States

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