On Monday, January 13th, two people riding in a passenger vehicle were
killed following a catastrophic collision with a semi-truck. The accident
between the car and a tractor trailer closed down the James L. Redman
Parkway for several hours as rescue crews and investigators worked the
scene, according to Plant City police.
The fatal traffic accident occurred right around 3:45 p.m. A driver and
one passenger were headed east in a 2009 Hyundai sedan. At the intersection
of the parkway in Plant City, the driver of the Hyundai turned right,
crossing directly into the path of a 2002 Sterling semi-truck traveling
southbound on the parkway. Both the driver and a passenger in the Hyundai
died at the accident scene from severe injuries. The names of the victim
and the truck driver have not yet been released.
The commercial truck driver was not injured in the accident. Police did
not provide any further details on the accident and it was not made clear
whether any citations were issued in connection with the crash.
- Driver fatigue is the leading cause of all trucking accidents and trucking-related
fatalities. Driver distraction is the second leading cause
- Semi-trucks are involved in an average of 500,000 motor vehicle accidents
each year, according to trends recorded by the US DOT.
- The majority of fatal accidents in which the truck driver is not at-fault
involve a passenger vehicle that turns or pulls out in front an approaching truck.
- A fully-loaded tractor trailer travelling at 55mph requires 300 ft. to
reach a complete stop