Florida Trucking Accident
Numerous lane closures created massive traffic snarls in the Orlando area this past Tuesday after a semi-truck hauling cinder blocks overturned, scattering the contents of their trailer across the road and sending several people to a nearby hospital. According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s report, the incident happened along State Road 417, close to where this road intersects with State Road 408.
During rush hour on Friday, March 30th, a 56-year-old individual driving a large truck down Interstate 4 in Orlando suffered what is being referred to as a medical episode. While the precise nature of this episode is not clear, we do know that the man was rendered unconscious and therefore unable to continue piloting his vehicle. The truck and the driver then departed from the roadway, down the shoulder, and into a retention pond. The report from the Florida Highway Patrol indicated that all of this happened close to 7:40 in the morning, around the 100 mile marker of I-4.
Early on Tuesday morning, members of the Orlando Fire Department joined with the Florida Highway Patrol as well paramedics and first responders throughout the area to respond to reports of an overturned tractor trailer on I-4, close to where it crosses State Road 408. This mobilization of emergency personnel was the result of a 9-1-1 call from a witness to the accident which was placed close to 6:00 in the morning. According to the official report, the caller told dispatchers that a tractor trailer had fallen onto its side on I-4. What made the case somewhat extraordinary was that the truck had, according to the caller, tipped over onto a car. The caller told the dispatcher that it seemed as though someone was still inside the vehicle, trapped, but still able to communicate.
Last week a 44-year-old male was killed during a Florida automobile accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the accident happened in Gadsden County. The 44-year-old, a semi-truck driver from Mount Vernon, Alabama, was traveling eastbound in his semi when a Honda Civic attempted to pass him.
Tuesday evening, close to the World Golf Village in St. Johns County, Florida, several vehicles were involved in an accident that caused the far right lanes of I-95 to be closed for over two hours. According to the Florida Highway Report, the accident took place around 7:00 in the evening on I-95, at the International Golf Parkway. Although the precise incidents that led to the accident are not yet known, it has been publicly announced that when the emergency response vehicles arrived they discovered two semi trucks and a third car all suffering from various damages.