We Discuss: Luckily, beer isn’t highly flammable. Next time, look out for placards.

HOUSTON, Texas – Early yesterday morning, an 18-wheeler carrying hundreds of cases of Busch beer collided with a car, forcing the semi onto its side and spilling the beer all over the freeway.

The cleanup took nearly four hours – crews were on scene from the time of the incident at 12:30 a.m. to just before 4:30 a.m. when highway lanes returned to normal. Both car and truck driver were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Luckily, beer isn’t highly flammable.

However, it’s wise to look out for (and steer clear of) commercial trucks carrying hazardous materials of any kind. You can easily spot these vehicles by their placards – diamond-shaped signs placed on all four sides of a truck. Placards are meant to be easily read, and they identify the hazard class of a truck’s cargo. Specifically, you can look for red, orange, yellow or black placards that say things like “flammable” or “toxic.”