We cover the dangers of big rigs and their cargo all the time. Whether we talk about rear-end collisions, underride guards, blind spots, poor maintenance, or fatal tire blowouts, nothing brings home the consequences of an accident like a real-world example. A crash in Mt. Pleasant in late June illustrated just how dangerous cargo spills can be when a big rig carrying molten aluminum overturned.
The 1,500-degree metal ignited the asphalt; both the truck and roadway were burning when emergency crews arrived on the scene. The smelting plant, located a short distance away, sent workers to assist with the cleanup. The spill extensively damaged the truck and surrounding roadway; Tennessee Department of Transportation crews had to repave the scene of the accident after the clean up was completed.
ABC News 2 Nashville reported, “Police told News 2 the accident is still under investigation, but