On Wednesday, a semi-truck carrying a tanker loaded with chemical waste tipped over on eastbound Interstate 10 near Slidell. The accident occurred around noon after 25-year-old Robert Muccino Jr. reportedly missed his exit and reversed his passenger car into the cab of the moving 18-wheeler. According to Louisiana State Police, 42-year-old Ned Robinson was unable to maintain control of the semi-truck after it was hit and the entire rig overturned in the median. Both drivers and a passenger in Muccino's vehicle were hospitalized following the crash.
The 18-wheeler was carrying 4,000 gallons of spent caustic retrieved from an Exxon refinery in Chalmette earlier in the day. Immediately following the accident, the corrosive waste began leaking from the tank it was being carried in. According to St. Tammany Parish 1st Fire Protection District Chief Larry Hess, the leaking chemical did not pose an inhalation threat but it was capable of causing contact chemical burns. State Police Hazardous Materials clean-up crews reportedly laid sand around the tank before drilling a hole in it to siphon out the liquid waste. The chemical waste was then transferred to another container before police hauled the mangled 18-wheeler away. Although the accident is still under investigation, Muccino was ticketed for improper backing.
Louisiana citizens spend countless hours in their automobiles each year. Unfortunately, so much time spent in motor vehicles means car accidents are also a grim fact of life. Automobile collisions are the leading cause of personal injury claims filed in our state each year. Car accidents like this one may be caused by a variety of factors including inattentive, reckless, or impaired drivers. Other causes can also include motor vehicle defects and hazardous road conditions. Although many motor vehicle collisions are simple fender benders, they can potentially result in tragic fatalities. Both drivers and passengers hurt due to someone else's negligence may be entitled to receive monetary damages for medical bills, disability, suffering, pain, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life, and wrongful death. Whenever you are injured in a car accident, it is a good idea to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.