An accident along the Florida Turnpike on Thursday, July 23, involved two
18-wheelers in a multi-vehicle accident. One semi was transporting tomatoes
while the other one was carrying empty barrels in the Fort Pierce area,
Early Morning Collision
The vehicles were southbound in St. Lucie County when they collided at
about 5:10 a.m. The semi transporting barrels was just in front of the
one carrying tomatoes. The trailing vehicle then rear-ended the other
tractor-trailer. The semi carrying barrels struck the median guard rail
before stopping across the inside lane. The other semi came to a stop
partly blocking the outside lane.
Trucker Critically Injured
Emergency personnel took one of the truck drivers to Lawnwood Medical Center.
That driver, a 39-year-old Tavares man, has critical injuries, according
to the Florida Highway Patrol. The other driver, a 51-year-old Miami man,
sustained minor injuries in the wreck. The FHP says that charges are pending.
Lane Closures Occur
Following the crash, authorities shut down the southbound lanes just before
State Road 70 (Okeechobee Road). Troopers diverted traffic to the Yeehaw
Junction exit. Northbound lanes were periodically closed to relieve congestion
along the interstate.
Although the investigation into this 18-wheeler accident is ongoing, those
injured in certain crashes have the right to seek compensation. When it
is reasonable to claim that an injury resulted from another's negligent
conduct, it is possible to seek monetary damages for a variety of losses,
including, but not limited to, lost wages, unpaid medical bills and pain-and-suffering.
If you or a loved one suffers an injury in a traffic crash, it is possible
to meet with an
injury lawyer in Martin County at no charge to review the matter. Our firm works hard to get our clients
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