Everyone is familiar with how a major thoroughfare will close down after a fully-loaded tanker truck or semi-truck flips over. It contents often are strewn across the expressway or highway necessitating detours for drivers. But hand-in-hand with those detours is often the need to declare a hazmat situation. “Hazmat”, as you know, is the common term to describe hazardous materials. A fuel spill, followed by a nasty quick-starting fire, could close down a busy thoroughfare for hours, if not days.
But surprisingly, hazmat situations on the highway are not limited to fuel haulers or large trucks that have lost their load. A violent crash of two passenger vehicles can just as easily cause a hazardous materials situation.