It was but a few weeks ago that we wrote a post about truck accidents, the cargo they carry, and the often-silly headlines that are made when these issues come into play for an accident. Our source article a few weeks back was related to a truck that was carrying milk, and when the vehicle crashed, all of that cargo tumbled onto the highway.
Today’s story is very similar with the only difference being that the cargo being carried was beer cans. The wreck occurred just to the south of Georgia, in Florida. A truck carrying roughly 60,000 pounds on beer cans toppled over on the highway. The 44-year-old truck driver did suffer some minor injuries in the crash, but he is expected to be okay. No one else was injured in the crash.
This story reflects the lesson we wrote about last time — the cargo of a truck can be an important piece in a truck accident. It can be the direct reason why the accident happened, or it could be a contributing factor.
But the other part we want to emphasize here is that the cargo in this beer truck accident could have struck other cars or people out on the road. Flying aluminum beer cans could have hit people in the face, causing terrible injuries. The cans could have tumbled onto a car going at a high rate of speed, leading to a devastating accident. Or some other circumstances could have been involved with the cargo leading to an innocent person suffering injuries.
Source: WGN 9, “Truck spills 60,000 pounds of Busch beer onto Florida interstate,” March 7, 2018