According to Memphis fire officials, crews were on the scene of I-240 westbound at Airways Boulevard to detour all westbound lanes around the spill.
Officials said when the vehicles crashed, the fuel tank on the 18-wheeler was ruptured, causing approximately 300 gallons of diesel to spill out.
Westbound traffic on I-240 was backed up for miles as lanes surrounding the crash were shut down.
Eastbound traffic was not affected.
Three people were killed and 22 were injured in a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles early Sunday on a New Mexico interstate, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office said.
The crash, which involved the bus, a semi trailer, a passenger vehicle and a pickup truck, closed I-25 in both directions, KOAT reported.
The interstate was closed north of Bernalillo after the vehicles collided around 2:25 a.m. Sunday, according to the Rio Rancho Fire Department.
The bus overturned on the northbound lane of the interstate, Rio Rancho Fire Battalion Chief Richard Doty told KOAT. The driver of the semi was removed from his vehicle, Doty said.
The number of injuries is unknown.
A new state law in Ohio allows drivers to go through red lights in certain situations, but police are cautioning motorists.
The new state law allows drivers to go through red lights if the light isn’t working properly and only if the intersection is clear of oncoming traffic. Police said drivers still need to stop, and they can’t drive through a red light just because they are in a hurry.
"This is about safety," Kettering, Ohio, police Officer John Jung said. "We don’t want the driver to approach a red light, wait for a couple of seconds and determine that it is malfunctioning and then blow through a red light. You still have to proceed with caution."
Jung said city traffic laws are not always the same as state laws, so drivers need to make sure the law applies to the city in which they are driving.
If a driver does go through a red light, he or she has the burden to prove it that was malfunctioning.
"If they cause a traffic accident and it turns out the light was working properly, they will be the at-fault driver," Jung said.
Driving instructors said the new law has caused some confusion, with instructors needing to tell new drivers that it isn’t a free pass to run every light.
"This isn’t going to be an everyday occurrence," said D&D Driving School training manager Brent Praeter. "This isn’t something they need to do commonly at intersections when the light is red and feel (they) like they have been sitting for too long."
If a motorist does come across a light that isn’t working, he or she is advised to call police.
A new study from AAA reveals that pothole damage has cost drivers around the country $15 billion in vehicle repairs over the last five years.
“Area drivers get that sinking feeling every time they hit a pothole,” AAA spokesperson Cindy Antrican said in a release. “They know there’s a price to pay, and 16 million drivers across the country have had to pay for pothole damage to their vehicles in the last five years.”
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According to AAA’s survey, middle- and lower-income individuals are the most worried about potholes, with the majority of respondents in households having annual incomes under $75,000 expressing the highest levels of concern over damaged roadways.
This is likely due in part to the financial impact, as pothole damage can lead to expensive and extensive vehicle repairs.
“On average, American drivers report paying $300 to repair pothole-related vehicle damage,” Antrican said. “Adding to the financial frustration, those whose vehicles incurred this type of damage had it happen frequently, with an average of three times in the last five years.”
To minimize vehicle damage, AAA urges drivers to ensure tires are properly inflated and have adequate tread depth, as they are the only cushion between a pothole and the vehicle.
If a pothole strike is inevitable, it is also critical that drivers slow down, release the brakes and straighten steering before making contact with the pothole.
To avoid potholes in the roadway, drivers should remain alert, scan the road and increase following distances behind the vehicle ahead.
A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that drivers who smoke weed before getting behind the wheel are no more likely to crash than sober drivers.
This does hold true only after adjusting for age, gender and race.
It also means that high drivers have a significantly lower crash risk than drunk drivers.
Overall alcohol use also increases the possibility of a wreck by 6.75 times.
The Washington Post notes that several states have laws to separate "marijuana-impaired driving" from drunk driving, still handling the two similarly.
You can see the NHTSA's full report here. [PDF]
A night of parties and over-indulging often leads to impaired or tired drivers and walkers.
Those and other factors combine to make Jan 1 one of the worst days to be a pedestrian.
Mother Jones quotes the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), "Between 2008 and 2012, more pedestrians died in traffic crashes on New Year's Day (and Halloween) than on other days of the year. IIHS also found that 59 percent of pedestrians killed on New Year's Day were drunk."
More simply, you 're nearly twice as likely to die when on foot Jan 1.
A highway safety expert says people know not to drink and drive but "the risks associated with drinking and walking aren't as clear to the average person."
Miami New Times’ Iron Fork is Miami's most highly anticipated culinary event.
Planned for the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Downtown Miami, the 2014 Iron Fork will draw thousands of diners and food lovers from across Greater Miami.
They'll watch two of our city's finest chefs go pot-to-pot in a sizzling showdown for supremacy overseen by famed "Mango Gang" veteran Allen Susser. Each competitor will receive a basket of foodstuffs — plus one secret ingredient — then create a tantalizing creation before a panel of local celebrity chefs hand selected by Chef Allen. The winner will receive the prestigious Iron Fork Award, signifying the area's top toque.
This year, on July 31st, we up the ante by partnering with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to kick off two months of discounted three-course meals at Miami's best restaurants during Miami Spice.
Miami New Times Iron ForkThursday, July 31, 20146:00 pm - 10:00 pmHyatt Regency Miami400 SE 2nd AveMiami, FL 33131
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