Turkish Truck Causes Hazard in Bulgaria Again

Society | March 10, 2012, Saturday // 19:54|  views

On overturned Turkish tractor trailer closed a main Bulgarian road for long hours Saturday. Photo by news.bg

A Turkish tractor trailer, loaded with magnesium and aluminum powder, overturned in Bulgaria Saturday, closing Maritsa highway for almost 14 hours.

The truck has been already reloaded on another truck, sent by the Turkish company, and the road between the southern Bulgarian towns of Harmanli, where the incident occurred, and Lyubimets is now open for traffic.

The driver, Halil Giresht, 43, is listed in the local hospital with slight head wounds. He already admitted he fell asleep behind the wheel.

There is no danger to the environment and population, but magnesium powder is flammable and catches fire in contact with water, which prompted Bulgarian authorities to close the highway.

The really lucky ones in this case were the security guards of the equipment used to build the new stretch of highway because the path of the overturned truck passed directly through their trailer. Luckily, the heavy vehicle had struck the roadside curb and this prevented it from crashing into them.

In July 2011, a Turkish cistern truck transporting amounts of a dangerous chemical rolled over, triggering the evacuation of 2 200 residents of Debelets, including 51 toddlers and babies.

The driver received a suspended sentence and three years of probation.

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Tags: overturned, Turkish, tractor trailer, Maritsa, highway, Harmanli, magnesium, aluminum, suspended sentence, driver, debelets, toxic spill


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