Highway 38 in San Bernardino County will remain closed for a few days while hazardous materials crews clean up dirt contaminated by a 7,000-gallon fuel spill.
Reports indicate that a tractor-trailer carrying close to 10,000 gallons of fuel overturned and ruptured, spilling fuel all over the road and surrounding areas. The HazMat team was able to siphon several thousands of fuel, but approximately 4,000 gallons seeped about 20 feet into the ground - causing fumes to rise into the air. Firefighters placed foam on top of the area to keep the fumes from rising.
Officials are investigating to determine what caused the tractor-trailer to overturn - leaving fuel and fumes in the area. Spilled hazardous materials form an overturned truck may cause, not only severe injuries to an individual involved in an accident, but they also pose a severe risk of environmental and property damage to the surrounding area.
If you are injured because of a hazardous oil spill, contact a San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who has dealt with cases involving hazardous materials and will discuss your potential rights concerning your personal injury or property damage.