Emergency crews were on the scene of a trucking-related accident in Southwest Miami-Dade county Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Emergency services responded to a truck said to be involved in a rollover crash that caused the commercial vehicle to become engulfed in flames. Local news stations reported the crash occurred in the northbound lane of Florida's Turnpike at Southwest 211th Street in Cutler Bay.
As a result of the crash, northbound lanes were blocked for quite some time. No other information was provided at the time, but the crash is said to have occurred around 10AM EST/9AM CST and updated information reveals that the two motorists were transported to the hospital by ground, as they were in stable condition and did not require Life Flight (helicopter transport to a hospital).
When crashes like these occur in broad daylight with very little traffic impeding commercial vehicles on the road, it's important that we consider what may have caused the collision in order to prevent another from happening in the future. Driver fatigue often plays a role in commercial vehicle accidents, however, there is no current evidence to suggest that's what occurred in this accident.
However, the Department of Transportation regulates their Hours of Service to lessen the potential for accidents involving commercial vehicles. Hours of Service regulate the hours a commercial vehicle (trucking) operator may stay behind the wheel before they must rest for an enforced amount of hours. This regulation, as well as the trucking carrier's use of logbooks, are other ways that the Department of Transportation asserts that motorists on Florida's highways remain safe when sharing the road with large trucks.
NBC6 first reported this news.
Visit the Department of Transportation's website for more information on how trucking regulations are enforced.