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Semi-Truck Trailer Fire Investigation and Evaluation of Damaged Bridge

Our multi-disciplinary team of engineers and fire investigators work together to investigate the origin and cause of a semi-truck fire, and the type and amount of damage caused to a bridge.


Semi-Truck Trailer Fire Investigation and Evaluation of Damaged Bridge

A semi-truck lost use of its brakes and caught fire while traveling down an Interstate Highway while in the process of shipping cargo across the United States. The driver brought the truck to a stop along a center dividing wall underneath a bridge overpass where the truck burned for an extended amount of time until the fire was extinguished. Our experts responded by providing fire investigation services to determine the origin and cause of the truck fire and forensic engineering services to determine the extent of damage to the bridge structure as a result of the truck fire. The fire investigation not only identified the origin and cause of the fire, but provided subrogation potential related to recent maintenance and repair work performed on the semi-truck associated with a manufacturer’s recall. The structural evaluation of the bridge involved overcoming numerous logistical hurdles involving field work along a center median wall of a busy interstate highway. Considerable time and effort was required to gain necessary permitting by the local governmental agency to gain access and provide the necessary safety measures to perform the structural evaluation of the bridge overpass using manlifts and other equipment. Our bridge evaluation identified a proper scope of repair work and associated cost estimate that was significantly less than claimed by the owner. EFI Global’s broad depth of local forensic services provided the client with continuous service to address the many issues involved with the project.

As a result of the fire investigation, our experts identified subrogation opportunities for our client. We also provided repair scope and cost estimates for bridge damage that were significantly less than the original owner’s estimates.

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