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Out of Control Semi Kills its Own Driver and Crashes Into Car

by 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.

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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. 


Jacky Worsham
Jacky Worsham
This is very sad, prayers to the people in the car and to the driver's family. May he rest in peace
Gary Caron
Gary Caron
Wheel holder a captain always goes down with his ship prob inappropriate but try to get under control so it doesn't do what it did hitting another innocent driver don't bail
Eddie Venatta
Eddie Venatta
Problem is we don't know if he bailed or fell.
Cathy Gentry
Cathy Gentry
Wow there are no words for that one tragic
Erick Painter
Erick Painter
Wow. Sad. I have a sick bucket handy at all times. I wonder if he was having a heart attack or stroke and panicked. I met a driver who made it to the berm, set his brakes and staggered to the back of his trailer before falling collapsing. The last thing I want to do is die away from home.
Joseph Scott Jr.
Joseph Scott Jr.
Maximum Overdrive
Rebecca Calvert Bauman
Rebecca Calvert Bauman
Sooo sad.
Timothy Begle
Timothy Begle
On one of those other Facebook Trucking Pages (I forget which). The person who posted the above story, said it happened because of poor driver training. HUH? Driver's need trained to not get out of a moving truck? As some have guessed. Maybe a medical condition. Or maybe high on drugs. The autopsy should give some light on what happened.
Stacey Wright
Stacey Wright
I want to keep up on the story my curiosity got the better of me
Timothy Begle
Timothy Begle
I'd sure like to learn what they find out after they investigate it.
Stacey Wright
Stacey Wright
The article mentions the name of the two deceased in the vehicle but never mentions the name of the driver I wonder why that might be
Kelly Degroot
Kelly Degroot
I don't belive the 2 were deceased at the time of the article, just in critical condition. The driver is definetly gone RIP
Eddie Venatta
Eddie Venatta
RIP driver and hoping for the best on the other 2. Here's to hoping they find out what happened.