Truck Driver Cited for Abandoning Disabled Trailer
Incident Caused Significant Traffic Delays on I-295 South on May 23
(New Castle, DE) On Monday, May 23 at approximately 2:00 a.m., a tractor-trailer became disabled on I-295 Southbound at the U.S. Route 13 overpass. The truck driver, Muhammad Afzal, 42, of Brooklyn, New York disconnected his truck from the trailer – leaving the disabled trailer in the right lane of I-295 Southbound approximately one mile west of the Delaware Memorial Bridge toll plaza.
Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) police units responded to the scene. The investigating officers discovered that the trailer had broken rails causing the center area of the trailer to buckle in the roadway. In order to safely remove the disabled trailer, its contents, which were compressed trash, had to be off-loaded. Once the trash was removed, the damaged trailer was towed to Mario’s tow yard.
Investigating officers located Mr. Afzal at a nearby truck stop in Pennsville, New Jersey and he voluntarily returned to the DRBA police headquarters at the Delaware Memorial Bridge for questioning. Delaware State Police (DSP) Motor Carrier Unit inspected the trailer and discovered several failing cracks in the rails that had been unsuccessfully repaired.
Mr. Afzal was issued citations for operating an unsafe vehicle and willfully abandoning a vehicle on the interstate. The driver’s employer, Blue Shark Transportation of Hoboken, NJ, will be issued a bill to cover the costs for the cleanup. The exact figure is not yet known.
During this incident, southbound traffic on I-295 was back up for nearly five miles. The scene was cleared at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016.
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