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Missouri train and truck accident leads to injuries

Every day trains and semi-trucks transport hazardous chemicals and substances across the United States. The transportation of these substances is mostly done in a safe and injury-free manner. However, a recent Missouri incident involved hazardous chemicals and both a train and truck accident that put others in danger.

A truck was transporting anhydrous ammonia when it was crossing railroad tracks. A train carrying oil across the country hit the back end of the truck as it crossed. The tank of the truck began to leak the hazardous chemicals. The highway had to be closed and evacuations had to be conducted also, including the evacuation of an elementary school.

The injuries included four people who had to be treated from breathing in the toxic fumes from the leaking tank. The driver of the truck was one of the injured who had to be flown from the scene for medical treatment. Crews had to continuously douse the leaking tanker with water and a hazardous materials crew needed to be called in to safely deal with moving the chemicals to another tank for transport.

It is unclear as to what extent other people exposed to the chemicals were injured. It is also unclear who was at fault in the train and truck accident that led to the dangerous leak of anhydrous ammonia. However, if those injured suffer long term or even short term medical effects that lead to medical bills or additional treatment or lost wages, they may have cause to file civil suit in a Missouri court against those who a liable for the accident or the chemical spill. Any damages that may be awarded in a civil case can help those injured deal with medical bills, lost wages or any other expenses related to the train and truck accident.

Source: parkrapidsenterprise.com, "Four injured, anhydrous leaking after train-semi accident," Tom Cherveny, May 8, 2013

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