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Fuel Tanker Crashes and Catches Fire Near Nolanville Hill

One person is dead after a fiery wreck involving an 18-wheeler carrying thousands of gallons of fuel crashed in Nolanville, Texas, at 6:08 a.m. on April 24. 

Bell County Emergency Management responded to the fatal accident in the early morning on westbound I-14 near Paddy Hamilton Road. Five vehicles were involved in the wreck—including an 18-wheeler transporting roughly 8,500 gallons of fuel. 

According to officials, the wreck was the result of a series of different collisions that occurred. 

Officials say the initial accident occurred between a Pontiac and an 18-wheeler transporting lumber. Because the Pontiac became disabled, the driver attempted to flag down traffic. A driver in a pickup truck stopped to render aid.

“Unfortunately, a silver vehicle later lost control and collided with that pickup,” said James Stafford, Bell County Spokesman. “Fortunately, all the drivers and passengers of the four vehicles could clear the area before the 18-wheeler fuel transport collided with all the vehicles.

Four other people involved in the wreck were transported to a nearby medical facility with minor injuries. Two others refused care at the scene. 

Bell County officials expect the westbound side of I-14 between Simmons and Paddy Hamilton Road to be shut down for most of the day. 

Our prayers are with the lost soul of today’s crash. 

Fuel Tanker Accidents

No one can expect when a fuel tanker explosion may occur. Fuel tanker accidents can be particularly hazardous due to the flammable and explosive nature of the cargo being transported. These accidents have severe consequences, including loss of life, environmental damage, and property destruction.

Causes of fuel tanker accidents:

  • Driver Error: The most common cause of fuel tanker accidents is driver error. Drivers may be fatigued, distracted, or inexperienced, leading to errors such as speeding, sudden braking, or overloading the truck.
  • Mechanical Failure: Fuel tankers are complex vehicles that require regular maintenance and inspection to ensure they are functioning correctly. Mechanical failure of the vehicle’s braking or steering systems, tires, or suspension can cause a serious accident.
  • Road Conditions: The condition of the road can also contribute to fuel tanker accidents. Poor weather conditions, such as heavy rain, ice, or snow, and poorly maintained roads can increase the risk of an accident.
  • Other Road Users: Road users such as cars, motorcycles, and bicycles can also contribute to fuel tanker accidents. A distracted driver may not see a fuel tanker, or a cyclist may weave in front of the vehicle.

We Care. We Can Help. 

Our Killeen car accident lawyers are praying for all those involved in today’s wreck. If you’re unsure of what your next steps are, we offer free consultations and are available 24/7.

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