Driver Injured in Truck Accident, Hazmat Spill on I-81 in Augusta County, VA
Augusta County, VA — August 30, 2022, a truck driver was seriously injured in an overturn accident with hazmat spill on Interstate 81 in Augusta County.
Reports say the incident happened early Tuesday morning along I-81 near mile marker 211 in the Greenville area. Preliminary investigation suggests only that a commercial truck carrying hazardous materials was passing through the area when it somehow went out of control and crashed. Part of the truck's cargo, described as "a flammable powder," spilled onto the roadway and required hazmat intervention.
The truck driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-81 in Augusta County
Reports only say the big rig crashed, but it seems investigators don't have much insight yet into why that happened. Did the driver make a mistake--get distracted at the wheel, say, or accidentally nod off? Did the truck hit a bad patch of road and lose traction? Did a tire blow out? Or did a malfunction or defect in the truck send it off-course?
That's only a handful of possible factors that need careful attention--particularly the idea of a malfunction or defect. Those happen in vehicles far more often than people realize, and 18-wheelers in particular have a number of concerning design flaws that can make a crash jump from bad to worse in no time.
That's not to say I know something police don't about this accident. However, long years in this industry have shown me that "boots on the ground" traffic investigators rarely have the training or sophisticated equipment needed to evaluate all a crash's more complex possibilities. If they get the story wrong or miss crucial details, that can make serious problems for victims and their loved ones.