A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) spokesman said that a semitrailer that plowed into a vehicle and then lost its brakes on southbound Interstate 95 caused a 10-vehicle accident that left one person dead and two people seriously injured.
The 26-year-old truck driver was driving his 2006 Freightliner semitrailer over the St. Lucie Canal overpass when he struck a 2012 Honda CRV, fatally injuring the 76-year-old Port St. Lucie driver. The FHP spokesman said that once the truck hit the CRV, it lost its brakes and just kept plowing through slower moving vehicles, “collecting cars” as his out-of-control truck barreled ahead.
One person who was seriously injured was airlifted to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute, while another person was taken by ground to Lawnwood in serious condition, according to Martin County Fire Rescue. Two people with non-life threatening injuries were taken to Martin Hospital South. All of the victims live in St. Lucie or Martin counties.
The FHP spokesman said that the truck driver was at fault because he didn’t leave himself enough time to react after cresting the overpass. One witness, who was helping victims, said that he saw debris and tires flying everywhere on the interstate.
“Two more seconds, it could have been us up there,” he said.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing and no charges have been filed yet.
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