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Tanker driver dies after crashing into overpass

One man is dead following a tanker truck accident on Aug. 15 in Franklin, Tennessee. The victim was reported to have been a driver for a Lawrenceburg-based oil company. No other people were injured in the accident.

The incident occurred around 3:40 a.m. on Interstate 65 South. Authorities say the tanker was carrying a load of unleaded gasoline when it crashed into the support column for an overpass bridge. The tanker then caught on fire and later exploded. Investigators say that the explosion caused the truck to split into multiple pieces, and it reportedly took crews several hours to control the fire.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the wrought iron in the bridge melted due to the flames. As a result of the explosion, a second bridge was also affected. The TDOT says that both bridges would need to be reconstructed because of structural concerns. Officials expect Peytonsville Road, which spans the overpass that was struck, to be out of service for many months during construction of a new 11-lane bridge.

If a workplace injury occurs, an employee may have grounds to file a workers' compensation claim. Some injuries may require an extensive recovery period, and the mounting medical expenses may become a source of stress for an employee due to a lack of financial resources. A workers' compensation claim allows an employee to seek compensation for their medical treatment, lost wages and in some cases, vocational rehabilitation. A personal injury attorney could review reports of the incident to determine if a workers' compensation is appropriate or if a civil suit is warranted.

Source: WSMV.com, "Tanker truck driver killed in crash, explosion on I-65 in Franklin", Kara Apel, Hayley Mason and Adrianne Flores, August 15, 2014

Source: WSMV.com, "Tanker truck driver killed in crash, explosion on I-65 in Franklin", Kara Apel, Hayley Mason and Adrianne Flores, August 15, 2014

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