A collision between a semi-truck and a propane tanker prompted an evacuation in Atoka County, Oklahoma. Official reports show that the truck accident led to the evacuation of a one-mile area surrounding the crash site. In all, 11 homes were evacuated in the area for several hours after the violent collision. The driver of the propane tanker died in the crash.
Authorities say that the driver of the semi-truck drifted across the centerline on State Highway 3 as he was heading east on that road. The 62-year-old driver of the propane tanker was driving west at the time of the wreck. He attempted to swerve to miss the other vehicle, but he was unable to do so, and the two trucks collided. The semi-truck driver suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, and he was transported to the nearby Atoka Medical Center.
The propane tanker reportedly rolled onto its side, so hazardous materials crews were notified about the potential danger. As those individuals arrived, area residents were evacuate from their homes. Investigators ultimately determined that the propane tank did not rupture, so residents were able to return to their homes relatively quickly.
It is still not clear why the driver of the semi-truck crossed over the centerline while driving. Such accidents may be caused by truck driver fatigue or a variety of other factors. Those who have been wounded or who have lost a loved one in a truck accident man may be entitled to financial compensation from the driver who caused the 18-wheeler accident. Drivers of semi-trucks and other large vehicles have an extra measure of responsibility to protect others on the road; they must be held accountable for mistakes that could have injured or killed other Oklahoma motorists.
Source: KXII.com, "Semi trucks collide in Atoka Co., killing 1" Ashley Park, May. 09, 2014