On December 28, there was an accident near Palm Beach International Airport that looked like something out of a movie. A tanker carrying nearly 8,000 gallons of aviation fuel crashed and dumped its contents along the highway.
The Florida Highway Patrol says that no other vehicles were involved in the accident and it is unclear how or why the tanker truck overturned. The crash resulted in a crack in the tank that caused aviation fuel to leak out. That fuel, in turn, leaked into storm drains located nearby.
The tanker is reportedly owned by Menzies Aviation. A local news channel looked at the records for the company and found no reported crashes during the last two years. They did, however, find that there have been several complaints filed against the company. The report did not elaborate.
After the cleanup, it was reported that about 200 gallons of fuel was removed from the storm drains. Crews were also able to off-load close to 1,600 gallons from the tanker itself. Chemical foam was sprayed on the ground to prevent any sparks. No one was evacuated from nearby buildings and the driver of the truck was not injured.
This accident could have been much worse. If you have been involved in an accident with a semi truck or other commercial vehicle in West Palm Beach, you may be entitled to compensation for property damage and injury. Call our office to learn more about your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and more.