Florida Tractor-Trailer Accident Kills Two

Two people were killed yesterday when the car they were riding was hit by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 and dragged 760 feet. Two other autos were also involved in the Florida semi-truck crash.

The two truck collision victims that died are Todd Olthoff and Marcy Olthoff, both 48. Also injured in the four-vehicle collision were Philip Keen, 74, and Sandra Keen, 72, who were briefly trapped in their auto. The driver of the fourth vehicle, Filbert Delva, 35, sustained minor injuries. A construction worker at the scene also sought medical care at the local hospital.

The Florida Highway Patrol says that the trucker, Miami Lakes resident Eduardo Avila, failed to slow down in a construction zone, which was near a closed exit ramp. That was when he rear-ended the Olthoffs’ vehicle, which ended up pinned under the tractor-trailer’s undercarriage. Avila then went on to rear-end the vehicles that were transporting Delva and the Keens.

A Florida Department of Transportation spokesperson says there were a number of signs warning drivers that there was construction on the highway. There was also a flashing sign warning that the exit ramp was closed.

Florida Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Getting hurt in any kind of Miami traffic crash is never pleasant, but the larger the size of the other vehicle involved in the crash with you, the greater the chance your injuries will be more serious. The impact of a semi-truck that is carrying tens of thousands of pounds of cargo colliding with a passenger vehicle can result in catastrophic consequences.

A Florida large truck crash is the kind of Palm Beach injury case that you or your loved one should start looking into as soon as possible after the collision. You will also want to make sure that you are represented by an experienced Miami truck crash law firm.

FHP combs for clues in deadly I-95 wreck, Florida Today, January 7, 2011
2 People, Dog Killed In I-95 Crash, WPBF, January 6, 2011
FHP names Palm Bay couple killed in multi-vehicle crash on I-95, Orlando Sentinel, January 6, 2011

Related Web Resources:
Florida Highway Patrol

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration