A fuel tanker flipped on the Long Island Expressway exploding and killing the driver and melting the expressway itself.

The tanker was trying to avoid a smaller vehicle having car trouble and slowing down, and in trying to maneuver out of the way, the tanker driver lost control of his vehicle and flipped it.

The driver, Mujahid Shah, 57, of Brooklyn, New York reportedly had picked up 12,000 gallons of fuel to deliver to Yaphank, New York and this fuel ignited in the crash.

Firefighters shot foam onto the oily blaze, and sand was spread to contain the fuel, but the heat melted an overhead road sign, which sent metal down across all eight lanes of the highway.

Mr. Shah’s truck was operated by Kittery Transport, based out of Maine.

Commercial trucking accidents occur due to a variety of causes.  On roadways with many passenger vehicles, commercial trucking accidents often cause serious property damage, life-threatening injuries and even death.  If you are injured or a loved one killed in a trucking accident, you need to contact a personal injury attorney experienced in trucking accidents as soon as possible.  New York Trucking Accidents are unfortunately extremely common.  Our experienced legal team has worked on cases involving big rigs, semi trucks, gravel trucks, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles.  We are here to assist you 24/7 with a free evluation of your case.  Please contact us at [email protected] or toll-free at (713) 364-0723.