One of the most dangerous conditions for any driver to face might be icy roads. This road condition is unpredictable because the road is slippery and a vehicle's tires can no longer keep a firm grip on the road, which can cause anyone to lose control of his or her vehicle. For Louisiana 18-wheeled truck drivers, it must be that much harder. Their trucks are so big and do not respond like passenger cars when trying to avoid possible truck accidents.
An icy bridge over the river on Interstate 20 caused a six tractor-trailer accident around 4 a.m. that led to a small chemical spill. It is unclear which truck was the first to have an issue on the ice. One semi in the mix had been rear ended by another big rig. When this happened, some of the hazardous material with which the truck was loaded started to leak from the trailer.
The Louisiana State Police later identified the flammable and corrosive agent as acetonitrile sodium hydroxide. The main concern was if the chemical was going to catch on fire, corrode the bridge or, worse, cause an explosion. The chemical had spilled off the bridge and into the Mississippi River. The Coast Guard was called in to close a three-mile section of the river.
It is a miracle that no one died in the chemical spill or the truck accident itself. Louisiana truck accidents often result in serious injuries or sometimes death. In this accident, at least three people suffered moderate injuries. Those who suffered injuries may be entitled to file personal injury claims against the party or parties ultimately deemed responsible for their injuries. A successfully litigated claim could result in an award of damages such as medical costs and lost wages.
Source: clarionledger.com, All lanes reopened for Miss. River bridge at Vicksburg, Ruth Ingram, Feb. 12, 2014