Out of Control Semi Kills its Own Driver and Crashes Into Carby Jana Ritter - Published: 12/07/2015
Usually it’s the other drivers we’re worried about on the road but Monday morning a truck driver was struck down by his own tractor-trailer and was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident occurred around 6:23 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Lowndes Avenue in Ormond Beach, Florida. While investigators are still trying to determine the details of what exactly occurred, what is known so far is that the truck driver exited the cab of the semi while it was still moving and the out of control vehicle ran him over then crossed the median and crashed into an oncoming passenger vehicle.
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According to Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol, the tractor-trailer was reported to be driving erratically northbound on U.S. 1 and it is still unclear whether the truck driver accidentally fell out of the cab or if he attempted to exit it purposely, knowing he had lost control and was in danger. Tragically, he landed on the ground in the path of the trailer and was subsequently crushed under its weight and killed instantly. The driverless truck then continued northbound across the median and into the southbound lanes. It resulted in a head on collision with a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu carrying two people. The driver, 28-year-old Roberto James of Seville, and the passenger, 42-year-old Rosalva Rivaz Rangel, of Crescent City, were both left in critical condition and taken to Halifax Medical Center as trauma alerts. No further updates about their condition has been released at the time of this report.
While the truck driver’s name has also not been released at this time, Florida Highway Patrol has confirmed that he was 46 years old and lived in Miami Gardens. Sgt. Kim Montes also said that the truck’s registered owner is a company that goes by the name of “Global Enter and Log — any cargo.” Police have also been able to confirm that the truck was coming from the Miami area and that the trailer was empty at the time of the crash. The Volusia County Fire Rescue had reported heavy damage and entrapment at the crash site, which forced them to shut down both directions of the U.S. 1 for several hours. While the crash remains under investigation, the situation leaves many fellow truck drivers concerned about the potential cause.