Two Killed in Collision with Semi-Truck in Plant City
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