Chemical Trucks In Jacksonville and Their Danger

A wreck on I-75 shut down part of the highway this week after concentrated chlorine spilled over the highway. Jacksonville firefighters wore hazmat, or hazardous materials suits to clean-up the chlorine and other toxic materials. Because the city has two major interstates running through the downtown area, this sort of truck accident in Jacksonville is likely to occur, and there is very little the city can do to protect itself.

In this case, the tractor trailer overturned on I-75 in Hamilton County near CR – 132. It then struck a tree and that’s when the industrial strength chlorine spilled, forcing the evacuation of the area for nine hours.

The oldest hazardous material team in the U.S. is located in Jacksonville and they prepare for the inevitable. There are a few things you can do to help as a citizen.

If you see a truck carrying hazardous materials, keep a safe distance from the truck. Ever since September 11th, a driver trying to obtain hazardous materials endorsement on a state-issued commercial driver’s license must pass a strict security threat assessment to meet the requirements of the USA Patriot Act. Their criminal history, legal status and background check is all reviewed.

Hazardous materials can cause death, serious injury and long-lasting health effects. From industrial plants to dry cleaning establishments, hazardous materials are shipped, stored, or used at an estimated 4.5 million facilities in the U.S., according to the state of Florida.

From 1982 to 1991, ten people died and 436 were injured in transportation incidents with hazardous material transportation.

If emergency personnel instruct you to protect your breathing, you should cover your nose and mouth with a large, wet bath towel. Stay indoors until further notice, closing all doors and windows and using masking tape or a damp towel to seal around doors and windows if possible. Obviously, turn off all types of ventilation and close the damper in the fireplace.

If you are told to evacuate, leave pets behind with plenty of food and water and make sure you turn off the appliances and faucets, keeping your car vents and windows closed, do not use a heater or air conditioner.

In the event that you suffer injuries from a truck accident or a truck chemical spill, the skilled Jacksonville personal injury attorneys at Farah and Farah can help you seek compensation from those responsible. Contact the personal injury law firm of Farah and Farah today for a free consultation.

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