A large fire erupted in Mansfield, TX after a driver hit a natural-gas pipeline. The crash occurred on Wednesday, March 23, at around one in the morning.

The Pipeline Crash

On Wednesday, March 23, Grand Prairie authorities alerted the Mansfield police about a wrong-way driver going south in the northbound lanes of State Highway 360. According to authorities, the driver veered off the highway near the southbound U.S. Highway 287 service road and struck a natural-gas pipeline. The crash caused a large fire to erupt. The fire was large enough to be seen from miles away. 

The Mansfield Fire Department arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire around 3:50 a.m. Officials stated that the driver who hit the pipeline was taken to a nearby hospital with significant burn injuries. 

According to police, speed and failure to drive in the proper lane were contributing factors in the pipeline crash. An investigation is still ongoing into the crash, and charges are pending against the driver.

Due to the extent of the fire, residents located within a mile of the blaze were forced to evacuate. The evacuation was brief and residents have since returned to their homes. Authorities stated that gas near the site of the crash was shut off once the fire erupted.

Types of Car Accident Burn Injuries

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), 171,500 vehicle fires happened from 2014 to 2016. Those vehicle fires resulted in an average of 345 deaths and 1,300 injuries, per year. 

Out of all of the vehicle fires that happen each year, burn injuries are likely to occur for many of the victims. The four different types of burn injuries that can occur after a car accident include:

  • First-Degree Burns: This type of burn is the least severe and only affects the outer layer of the skin. These burns can be painful but usually heal within 2 to 3 days.
  • Second-Degree Burns: This type of burn affects the outer and second layers of the skin. These burns may take weeks to heal and could require skin grafting.
  • Third-Degree Burns: This type of burn destroys the outer and second layers of the skin while also hitting the innermost skin layer. These burns often require surgery and therapy after being released from the hospital.
  • Fourth-Degree Burns: This type of burn is the most severe and affects all layers of the skin in addition to invading nerve tissue, muscle, and even bone. These burns are often fatal or require an extensive amount of treatment.

While the extent of burn injuries depends on the severity of the car accident and fire, each burn can leave a victim with permanent scarring. In order to prevent these car accident fires from occurring, it’s important that drivers keep up with their regular vehicle maintenance and stay alert while on the road.

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Source: The Dallas Morning News

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