• August 26, 2022

Two Injured in Fiery Truck Accident on I-80 in Sparks, NV

Sparks, NV — August 20, 2022, two people were injured in a fiery crash between a car and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 80 in Sparks.

Reports say the incident happened around 12:20 a.m. on I-80 near Sparks and Vista Boulevard. The cause and circumstances of the accident aren't yet known, but an 18-wheeler and a car reportedly crashed in the area. After the impact the truck's cab and half of its trailer caught fire.

Two people involved in the wreck were taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Two Injured in Fiery Truck Accident on I-80 in Sparks, NV

Commentary on Sparks Truck Accident on I-80

Reports only say a big rig and a car crashed here, but it seems investigators don't have much insight yet into why that happened. Did someone make a mistake--get distracted at the wheel, say, or accidentally fall asleep due to the late hour? Were road or visibility conditions poor in the area? Did one vehicle or the other malfunction or have a defect--bad tires, faulty steering or brakes, that kind of thing? That's only a handful of possibilities that need careful attention in search of the whole story.

In the meantime another specific detail jumps out at me from the limited information in early reports: After the collision the truck caught fire. That's a troublingly-common issue big rigs face in crashes, and it's often due to the placement of their "saddle"-style fuel tanks.

Because of their exposed placement at the sides of the truck, there's little protecting those tanks from rupturing during a collision. An 18-wheeler crash is bad enough without becoming a fiery one, yet truck manufacturers have shown little interest in re-evaluating these time bombs' placement on trucks. Click the link below to read more.

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