A fiery crash on Interstate 4 in Orlando created a traffic nightmare for drivers, shutting down an interstate for hours. The crash occurred on February 18th around midnight and took place in a notoriously dangerous section of the freeway.
Florida Highway Patrol says Jerome Adams, Jr., of Pooler, Georgia was driving westbound on Interstate 4 in a tractor-trailer. He reached the section of the freeway known as Fairbanks Curve, a dangerous section of highway. Adams lost control of the vehicle in the curve and struck a concrete barrier. The truck burst into flames, but Adams was able to escape unharmed.
The crash was so horrific that drivers on the interstate immediately stopped. They were concerned for the safety of the truck driver, but also worried about the potential damage to the road. One woman told a local media outlet that it was the worst accident that she had ever seen on Interstate 4.
The truck was hauling high-flammable plastic material used in furniture construction, causing a huge fireball to rise into the night sky. Traffic was backed up for miles along the interstate after the accident occurred. Firefighters battled the blaze for nearly an hour before it was completely extinguished. A crew spent most of the next day removing all of the debris.
Law enforcement officials say weather and speed were a factor in the accident. A steady downpour was happening when the accident happened. No charges have been filed, but the accident was still under an investigation.
The state has started a major construction project along Interstate 4, which could solve some of the problems associated with Fairbanks curve. The multi-billion dollar project is expected to take six years to complete. A groundbreaking ceremony, which was attended by Gov. Rick Scott, was held for the project just hours before the crash.
Transportation experts say the curve is deceiving. The road bends on a hill, which limits a driver’s ability to see and judge the curve. In fact, that section of road was the most likely section of road to be shut down in Orange and Seminole counties, according to local media. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Florida automobile accident that was possibly the result of a poorly maintained or constructed, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. immediately at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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