UPDATE: We recently reported on a horrific crash that took place along I-75, close to Gainesville, on January 3rd. In this accident, two tractor-trailers as well as several other vehicles were involved in a pileup that turned into a fiery explosion that left seven people, including five children, dead. Updates to the story informed the public that the children were all traveling inside of the same van and were being taken as part of a church trip from Louisiana to Walt Disney World.
Three people, including a toddler, were injured on Friday, January 4th, after the car in which they were traveling drove underneath a large semi-truck hauling a tank. Reports from the Orange County Fire Rescue indicate that the incident took place at close to 6:20 in the evening and that the vehicles involved were traveling along either East Colonial Drive and or Gloucester Street. It is not known if the accident happened at the intersection of these two streets or if the collision happened along one street with the other being affected due to the proximity of the accident to the intersection.
Members of both the Brevard County Fire Rescue and the Palm Bay Fire Rescue teams were on hand to try and battle a massive fire that erupted along I-95 after two tractor-trailers collided with one another close to the Malabar Road exit. According to the official report from Brevard County Fire Rescue, the incident happened sometime before 5:15 in the afternoon, although the precise reasons behind why the two trucks collided are not known.
A Lake County crash that happened on Tuesday, August 21st, continues to remain under investigation as detectives and officers working with the Florida Highway Patrol attempt to uncover just what happened to cause two cars and a tractor-trailer to collide. The damage that resulted from the trucking accident included at least one fatality.
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.
A sheriff’s deputy was killed over the weekend when his police cruiser was crashed into by a semi-truck that had suffered a serious tire blowout, causing it to swerve into the adjacent lane and into the officer’s vehicle.
A week ago on Monday morning, shortly before sunrise, officers with the Orlando Police Department responded to an emergency call directing them to Oak Ridge Road. The call indicated that a collision had taken place at a location along Oak Ridge Road somewhere between the points where this street intersects with John Young Parkway and Millenia Boulevard. When the police, fire rescue, and other emergency first responders arrived they found themselves dealing with two burning vehicles as well as one individual who was trapped and injured inside a badly mangled vehicle.
Just before noon on Thursday, November 30th, an out-of-town semi-truck driver was involved in a fatal big-rig collision with a SunRail passenger train in Seminole County, Florida.
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.
The bassist for the New York-based metal band Adrenaline Mob died last week following a three-car Florida accident. According to Florida Police, the 38-year-old David Zablidowsky was killed when a tractor-trailer swerved off the highway and into the two vehicles carrying members of the band. The band was pulled over on the side of the road fixing a flat tire when the accident, which left seven others injured, occurred.