BERKELEY, IL – Abc7chicago.com writes that a truck crash injured one person and shut down lanes on Interstate 294 on Monday night, January 14, 2019. The crash took place when a semi-truck drifted off the roadway and hit a passenger bus that was on the righthand shoulder at about 7 in the evening.*
The bus, which had broken down, was empty when the crash occurred. The truck then caught fire causing both vehicles to burst into flames eventually.
The truck driver, a 37-year-old woman, was transporting paper products. The woman suffered injuries to her leg. No other individuals were hurt in the collision.
The fiery accident caused lane closures, but the lanes eventually reopened and by Tuesday morning traffic had returned to normal.
Vehicles do not often catch fire when they are involved in crashes. Vehicle fires are more likely to be the result of mechanical problems within a vehicle. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 49 percent of highway vehicle fires are the result of mechanical failures or malfunctions. Another 23 percent of fires are caused by electrical malfunctions or failures. Only 3 percent of vehicle fires are the result of crashes or vehicles overturning.
While vehicle fires are rarely caused by crashes, the fires that are caused by collisions are by far the deadliest type of vehicle fire. In fact, the NFPA states that about 58 percent of people killed in vehicle fires die in fires that were caused by car accidents. An average of 480 people die in these fires each year in the United States, andanother 1,525 are injured.
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