CARROL GARDENS, NY- According to brooklyn.news12.com, a person suffered injuries when a car and a truck were involved in a collision near the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Witnesses in the area stated that the sounds made by the collision were like an explosion and that it “felt like a bomb went off.”
The crash occurred in the westbound lanes just before one in the afternoon. The explosion came from the truck. Emergency crews were reportedly working to clean up the fuel that spilled onto the roadway.
The crash caused heavy delays for commuters.
The accident is under investigation.
Accidents between cars and large trucks are often devastating to the people in the smaller vehicle. In 2016, 3,986 people died in collisions involving large trucks. Most of the people killed, 66 percent, were people who were in another vehicle that crashed with the truck. Another 16 percent of those killed were cyclists, pedestrians or motorcyclists. Only 17 percent of all people killed in were people who were in the large truck at the time of the crash. Crashes, where truck occupants die, are often accidents that involve two large trucks.
It is important for drivers to use an abundance of caution when driving around large trucks. Trucks can weight between 20 and 30 times that of smaller vehicles. Not only does this make trucks dangerous to others on the road, but it also makes truck difficult to maneuver, and extremely difficult to stop in an emergency. In fact, it can take a truck between 20 and 40 percent farther to stop than it takes a car or SUV, and in bad weather, the difference can be even greater.
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