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Driver Dies After Truck Crashes Near UFC and Erupts Into Flames

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on April 21, 2021

A collision and subsequent fire are believed to be responsible for the death of a single individual close to University of Central Florida in Orlando on Friday, April 9th. According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the fiery car crash took place sometime during the evening, while an unnamed man was behind the wheel of their truck and traveling down Allison Drive.

The person, who was believed to be the only individual within the vehicle, lost control of their vehicle at some point while traveling down the road, and before they were able to regain control, the truck left the roadway and crashed into a ditch near the asphalt. It is believed that the driver of the truck remained in the vehicle, but that they either partially or fully lost consciousness as a result of the crash. This being the case, they did not exit the vehicle after the crash. Additionally, the foot of the driver remained depressed on the gas pedal after the crash into the ditch, causing the back tires of the vehicle to continuously spin long after the vehicle became immobilized by the ditch.

At this point, and for reasons that remain under investigation, a small fire erupted within the vehicle. Emergency vehicles were on their way at this point, and shortly after the fire broke out, there were members of the Florida Highway Patrol as well as teams from the Orange County Fire and Rescue squad at the scene to battle the flames. The fire, which remained confined to the truck, was easily extinguished by the emergency crews. Afterwards, the driver of the truck was examined but had already passed away.

Because there was no damage to the truck following the crash, authorities are unsure of what exactly caused the driver to die. It is possible that the fire and smoke caused the death after the man became unconscious, but it is also possible that the driver suffered from a medical emergency before the accident which caused them to lose control and crash. If this is the case, it is entirely possible that the driver was dead before the fire even broke out.

The incident remains under investigation, with the cause of death to be determined by a medical examiner.


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