Driver Dies after Colliding with Tractor-Trailer in Orange County
Police with the Florida Highway Patrol are in the process of investigating an incident which took place on Wednesday, September 12th, and that resulted in the death of a 40-year-old individual from Daytona Beach. The early reports from the FHP indicated that the crash happened shortly before noon and that it involved a car and a tractor-trailer, both of which were traveling along Sand Lake Road in the Orange County city of Orlando.
Although the incident is still under investigation, the official report did include many of the important facts relating to the collision. At the time indicated above, a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze was headed down the western lanes of Sand Lake Road. Also traveling westward down Sand Lake Road at this time was a large tractor-trailer.
It is believed that only one person, the driver, was inside of the car. Likewise, it is believed that the driver was the only person inside of the truck. As the two vehicles approached the intersection of Sand Lake Road and Kirkman Road the Chevrolet, which was traveling behind the tractor-trailer, began to approach the rear of the much larger vehicle. It is not clear if the truck was stopped at the time of the incident, or if it was perhaps simply traveling at a slower rate than the Chevrolet. For reasons that are not clear, the driver of the Chevrolet did not see the tractor-trailer’s rear bumper as the two vehicles neared one another.
The Chevrolet collided with the rear of the tractor trailer and, as is common in such incidents, it did so with enough force to cause the smaller car to become wedged underneath the metal frame of the truck’s posterior. The driver of the Chevrolet suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of the collision. When emergency response teams arrived at the crash site, there was nothing they could do for the 40-year-old man and he was declared dead at the scene of the incident. The report did include the fact that the driver of the Chevrolet was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, but it is not clear if this fact contributed to the fatality of the incident.
The driver of the tractor-trailer did not suffer from any injuries in the incident.
It is not clear if any charges are currently pending in the case.
James O. Cunningham
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