One person was killed in a fuel tanker accident in Fort Lauderdale on the I-595. The fatal incident occurred over the weekend on the afternoon of Sunday, August 1. It was reported to the authorities at around 4 p.m.
According to the details shared by the Florida Highway Patrol, the fuel tanker was traveling along the off-ramp from the westbound lanes of the I-595 to the southbound lanes of the Turnpike. The driver of the tanker apparently lost control of the vehicle. As he did so, the tanker sharply veered to the right and collided into the concrete wall along the shoulder of the road.
The fuel tanker accident in Fort Lauderdale occurred at a fairly high rate of speed which further imbalanced the tanker. The tanker then fell off the ramp. It was carrying around 8,000 gallons of gasoline at the time. The collision and the fall caused this fuel to catch fire as the tanker landed upside down. The fire then resulted in a massive explosion which quickly engulfed the whole vehicle.
The driver of the fuel tanker was its sole occupant at the time the incident occurred. He couldn’t get out of the vehicle in time and died in the explosion. Once the paramedics and first responders arrived on the scene of the crash, the driver was pronounced dead.
FHP identified the driver only as a 53-year-old man from Homestead. It is expected that the name of the deceased will be released once the next-of-kin have been notified.
Following the crash, authorities shut down the eastbound lanes of the I-595 around the crash scene. The lanes remained closed for several hours as on-site investigation and clean-up was conducted.
The cause of the crash remains unclear. If the crash was caused by a mechanical failure in the vehicle, the family of the victims may be able to recover compensatory damages with the help of a Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyer.