A truck driver from Miami Gardens was killed in central Florida earlier this week in an almost inexplicable wreck that also critically injured two others.
The accident occurred on Dec. 7 in Ormond Beach. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the semi-truck driver was northbound on Hwy. 1 near its intersection with Lowndes Avenue about 6:20 a.m. when, for reasons that remain unknown, he exited the cab of his moving truck.
The driver, 46, slipped beneath the wheels of the moving truck and was crushed. The semi, now driverless, then crossed over the median and into oncoming traffic. It slammed head-on into a Chevy sedan.
Authorities shut down both north- and southbound lanes of Hwy. 1 following the fatal accident.
The Chevy’s occupants, a 28-year-old Seville man and a 42-year-old woman from Crescent City, were transported to a nearby hospital where they were in critical condition. Reports indicate that both are expected to survive.
A sergeant with the FHP commented that due to the trucker’s death, “We may never know what happened.”
A witness to the bizarre tragedy reported to WESH 2 News that “It sounded like a garbage truck.”
While it’s not likely to see similar circumstances occurring in another wreck with a large truck, it is unfortunately quite commonplace for motorists and their passengers to be involved in collisions with big rigs on Florida highways. Just as in the aforementioned accident, any injuries are likely to be severe.
Those injured in these types of collisions may need to seek financial reparation from the trucking companies and their insurance policies.
Source: WESH, “Truck driver killed on U.S. 1 in Ormond Beach,” Michelle Meredith, Dec. 07, 2015