Florida Highway Patrol announced one person was killed and another seriously injured after being involved in a accident with a tractor-trailer in rural Manatee county.
According to the FHP release, the deadly crash took place as forty seven year old truck driver Yamir Pardo from Lakeland Florida was driving a loaded Freightliner heavy truck westbound on SR 62 approaching the intersection with County road 39.
As the Freightliner approached, twenty seven year old Brandy Ibey from Coral Springs Florida arrived at the intersection driving a Volkswagen GTI.
At approximately 7:45 a.m., Ibey attempted to turn left onto State Road 62 from County Road 39 and drove the compact car directly into the path of the oncoming truck.
Pardo swerved the semi to the left in an attempt to avoid the crash, however the two vehicles collided. The force of the collision combined with Pardo’s attempt to turn away from the Volkswagen caused the heavy truck to overturn where it came to a stop on the solder.
FHP officials stated that both the truck driver Pardo, and the driver of the car had been wearing seat belts during the crash. However Pardo was seriously injured and Ibey was killed during the collision despite wearing safety belts.
FHP has stated the an investigation is ongoing.
Florida Highway Patrol announced prominent businessman and philanthropist Land Ringhaver was killed during a collision with a semi truck.
Local business man credited with helping to bring the Tampa Bay Rays and one of the original team owners was killed during an accident with a tractor trailer.
The crash occurred just after 8:30 p.m. in Palm River-Clair Mel as seventy six year old Lance Ringhaver from Apollo Beach drove southbound in the center lane of U.S. 41 in his Infiniti sedan.
At the same time thirty-eight year old Tampa truck driver Isbel Guzman was attempting to make a U-turn across U.S. 41. Guzman failed to complete the turn which blocked the oncoming lanes with the semi trailer.
Ringhaver did not have time to avoid the collision and the luxury sport sedan slammed into the trailer becoming pinned under the truck.
Guzman was cited by authorities for failing to yield right of way.
A semi-truck crash in I-75 near River Road in Venice delayed traffic and drew a citation for the driver of the Tractor-Trailer.
The crash happened as Tampa truck driver, 37 year-old Jerome Graddic was in the left lanes driving southbound in a Ford commercial truck past the River Road exit. As Graddic headed down he left lane in a construction zone, a nearby vehicle in the right began to hydroplane and slide toward the Truck.
To avoid a direct crash with the hydroplaning vehicle, Graddic swerved sharply toward the center median, then turned sharply to the right to keep from heading directly into the construction zone. As a result the trailer became unhitched and overturned blocking the roadway. Crews worked to clear the blockage for nearly three hours after the accident.
Graddic suffered minor injuries during the crash and was charged by Police with careless driving and driving with an expired commercial license.
Graddic was transported to Venice regional hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Florida Highway patrol reported an early morning accident on I-75 involving an overturned tractor-trailer that shut down the northbound lanes from shortly after 2:15 a.m. until they were reopened nearly six hours later at 8a.m.
The crash on the freeway took place in Bradenton about one mile south of the Sate Road 70 ramp in the northbound lanes when the driver of a Freightliner tractor trailer, sixty one year old Donny Pannell, failed to maintain control of the truck.
The truck which was traveling at speed slid and rotated until it slammed into the concrete barrier on the west side of the highway. After smashing into the barrier it swerved back in the other direction, crossed all lanes of traffic again and crashed into the barrier on the east side of the highway, which caused the tractor-trailer to roll over onto it’s side blocking the northbound lanes.
Additionally, the truck was being followed by German Rodriguez, a 44-year old from Palmetto. When the Freighliner began to crash, Rodriguez attempted to stop from hitting the trailer but the was unable to avoid crashing into the trailer with his Chevy SIlverado.
Both the passenger in the Silverado and Rodriguez sustained minor injuries in the crash. Pannell , the driver of the semi also sustained minor injuries in the crash.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was cited for careless driving and the driver of the SIlverado was cited for driving without a license.
A tractor-trailer hauling gravel overturned on exit ramp at state road 70 spilling gravel and injuring the truck driver.
The accident occurred at about 8:45 a.m. in Bradenton when the truck attempted to exit interstate 75 As the truck negotiated the exit ramp from I-75 onto State Road 70 the truck may have been moving too fast and overtuned.
The accident resulted in the driver of the truck suffering minor injuries and having to be extracted from the truck. The crash also cause the closure of the ramp for nearly two hours.