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Rear-End Crash with Gas Tanker Kills One in Orlando

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on May 17, 2020

A major crash involving a gas tanker in Orlando resulted in the death of a single individual on the morning of Thursday, May 14th. Reports concerning the incident first appeared via the Orlando Police Department and indicated that the crash had taken place close to 5:30 a.m. At the time of this writing, the incident remains under investigation and authorities have yet to indicate just what they believe caused the crash and whether or not they are holding any specific individual accountable for the incident.

What we can currently confirm is that during the time mentioned above, a gas tanker was traveling close to the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and Pine Street. It is not clear if the truck was on OBT or Pine Street, but the wording around the reports suggested that the incident took place on the busier of these two roads.

At the same time that the tanker was progressing down the road, another vehicle – not described in any fashion – was making its way towards the same spot. The second vehicle was traveling at a much higher rate of speed than the tanker, a fact which apparently did not change as the car approached the rear of the larger vehicle.

For reasons that remain under investigation, it appears as though the driver of the second vehicle failed to see the tanker. As a result, they did not attempt to avoid the rear of the truck and instead collided directly and forcibly with the vehicle.

Emergency response teams responded to reports of the collision and were soon at the crash site, tending to the individuals involved. As is usually the case in collision where one of the vehicles is significantly larger or more powerful than the other, the driver of the car suffered a far greater share of the injuries than the driver of the tanker. It is not known if the individual was deceased by the time the emergency medical teams reached the area, but we do know that they ultimately succumbed to the injuries they suffered in the accident.

It is not clear if the driver of the tanker was injured at all.

While the initial investigation took place, a lengthy stretch of OBT was closed for several hours.


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