A semi tanker containing 8,100 gallons of methanol ruptured and caught fire after the driver fell asleep and struck the concrete barrier wall on Interstate 10 near the Avalon Blvd exit early Friday morning.
On September 9, 2016 at approximately 1:22 AM, 29 year old Kevin Davis on Milton, FL was eastbound on Interstate 10 in a 2017 Mack semi tanker. 19 year old Lauren Burnsed, also of Milton, FL, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 in a 2010 Toyota Corolla.
While in the inside lane of traffic approaching the Avalon Blvd exit, Davis fell asleep behind the wheel. As the semi entered the curve, the tractor-trailer left the roadway traveling down into the paved median and struck a crash attenuator with the left front of the tractor. The semi then struck the concrete barrier wall and continued east approximately 550′ against the barrier wall before coming to a stop. At which point the diesel tanks ruptured and ignited causing burn damage to the truck, trailer and roadway. The Semi sustained approximately $30,000.00 in damage.
Burnsed vehicle collided with a wheel that was knocked off of the semi causing $1,000.00 in damage to her vehicle.
Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident. Davis was cited for careless driving.