Milk Filled Tanker Truck Explodes, Injuring Two

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 9-Sep-2011

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A tanker truck, filled with milk, exploded following an accidentthat took place North of Mineola, Texas, on Highway 69, Thursday afternoon.

The truck, driven by Lamount Abernathy, 28, was struck by a Ford Taurus, driven by Jean Lemonds, 65, when Abernathy ran a red light, Department of Public Safety official, Brandon Owens, said. Both drivers were injured in the wreck. Abernathy was taken to East Texas Medical Center Hospital in Quitman. Lemonds was transported to Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

According to Mineola Fire Department Public Information Officer, Steve Finley, Lemond’s Taurus crashed into the fuel tanks, causing them to bust and catch fire. The fiery tanker truck continued down Highway 69 after it was hit until it ran off the road, authorities said.

Smoldering remains from the truck sparked a small fire in nearby grass along the highway, which the Fire Department quickly extinguished before it could spread. The smoke resulting provoked alarm in nearby residents, who quickly notified authorities.

“The driver of the truck said after he came to a stop, the truck was on its side and he was surrounded by flames,” Finley said. “He forced his door open, stood on the steering column of the truck and jumped through the fire to safety.”

According to authorities on the scene, there were several witnesses to the accident, which is still under investigation.

Highway 69 was still closed by early evening, officials noted. The milk leaking from the tank was considered to be hazardous material and could not be dumped at that location because of the large amounts, requiring careful clean up procedures.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed as a result of a tanker truck accident, call our truck accident lawyers in Austin, San Antonio, Killeen and statewide Texas at 888-335-7492, contact us online or visit one of our 11 law firms in Texas.

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