Hazardous Materials Spill On I-95

A rollover accident involving a tanker truck caused the complete shutdown of all southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Hallandale Beach Boulevard early on Friday morning.

In a report which appeared on the NBC Miami website, the accident which involved the overturned semi resulted in the release of hazardous material in the area just past the 18 exit ramp on I-95 in Hallandale.

Emergency crews from Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue along with a hazmat team were called to the scene of the crash. Authorities have not released any reports regarding injuries at the scene of the accident.

According to the Florida CDL handbook, hazardous materials or HAZMAT spills involve the release of products that pose a potential risk to health, safety, and property during transportation. The rules regarding such spills require that when transporting hazardous materials, the product must be contained, the risk of the materials must be labeled to communicate the risk surrounding the product and all precautions to ensure the safety of drivers, equipment, the environment and public health must be taken.  

When a spill occurs, both the state of Florida and the Federal Government have required that the proper authorities be notified and a report filed regarding which hazardous materials were involved, how much of it was released in the spill, the cleanup procedures taken and any potential health risks or environmental impact that may result.

If you have been affected by hazardous waste from a crash, seek the assistance of a lawyer to see if you might be due any damages.