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Huge truck crash on I-95 leaves one dead, closes highway

It’s not very often that a truck accident is so massive that nearby residents are jolted awake. But that’s what happened this morning after a massive truck accident involving three tractor trailers and one car left a driver dead and several people injured.

The vehicles crashed at about 3:30 a.m. this morning on Interstate 95 in Volusia County, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The trucks involved in the crash include a logging truck, a U.S. Postal Service truck, and a double-semi truck, that was carrying a dangerous chemical, methyl bromide, which is a colorless and odorless gas.

The impact caused a huge explosion described by witnesses as a “towering fireball.” Sources say firefighters battled flames that were at least 30 feet high. Nearby residents were advised to stay indoors until hazardous material crews could neutralize the chemical danger.

One man says he drove to a local school and shot video of the blast, and said he felt heat and pressure “stun him into stupefaction,” the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The crash left one of the truck drivers dead. One person was airlifted to a local hospital, while three others were taken to Halifax Health Medical Center. The Florida Highway Patrol says that some injuries were serious, while others were minor.

The fire and impact of the wreck left one truck gutted. Logs were also strewn about the scene. Due to the size of the wreckage, northbound lanes of the highway were still closed this morning as the investigation into the cause of the accident continued.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “1 dead, 4 injured in fiery I-95 crash,” Arelis R. Hernandez, Dec. 29, 2011

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