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Florida (FL) Tractor-Trailer Strikes Overpass Rains Debris on Other Cars

Improperly tied loads can often lead to debris falling onto the interstate and then injuring or killing other drivers.  This time however it was a tractor-trailer carrying an oversize load that caused the falling debris, reports the Tampa Tribune.

A tractor trailer carrying a crane struck an overpass on I-75 in Wesley Chapel, Florida (FL), and
caused debris to fall injuring people in two vehicles, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The tractor trailer was heading north on I-75 when it collided with the overpass near mile marker 281. Debris from the overpass fell on top of two vehicles, a 2011 Buick and a 2005 Cadillac.  The passengers in the Buick were taken to University Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Sgt. Steve Gaskins, a FHP spokesman.

After the crash, the driver of the tractor trailer didn't stop.  I hope the injured passengers recover swiftly.  I can only imagine how scared they must have been when they were being suddenly bombarded by debris.  There is no news on whether the tractor-trailer drive has been charged or why he didn’t stop after the impact.  

 While many people might think of this as a “freak accident,” highway debris injuries are preventable and often other drivers are at fault. In many cases, highway debris ends up on the roads due to an improperly loaded tractor-trailer or pickup truck -- vehicles that do not have their cargo secured or tied down correctly.

All in all, an estimated 90 deaths and 25,000 vehicle accidents a year are caused by debris on the road or by debris falling off of vehicles.




Richard N. Shapiro
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