A 27-year-old Alabama man was charged with careless driving after an accident in Escambia County on October 27th. The crash happened at the intersection of Century Boulevard and Champion Drive around 5:45 a.m. Authorities say that truck driver Ryan Joiner, who was driving a 2015 Peterbilt, was stopped in the median northbound on Century Boulevard and drove into the direct path of 22-year-old Nakeem Williams’s vehicle when he attempted to re-enter the traffic way. Williams was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital with minor injuries, and the truck driver now faces careless driving charges for failing to see the oncoming driver.
An officer had just dropped off an inmate recently released from the Franklin Correctional Center, when the vehicle he was traveling in collided with a semi-truck on State Road 30. Officer James Massey was headed west in a 2005 Ford Taurus when, for an unknown reason, he crossed the center line and hit a 2015 Volvo semi, nearly head on.
A dump truck struck two vehicles and injured four people, two of them critically, in a recent accident in Volusia County. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) accident investigators say that the 33-year-old driver of the dump truck was driving northbound on State Road 415 just after noon one recent day when he failed to notice that traffic in front of him had slowed. FHP troopers say the driver first struck the rear of a Kia passenger car driven by a 63-year-old Edgewater man and then continued into the northbound lanes, where he struck a Nissan Maxima. After striking the Nissan, the truck continued on the shoulder for a short distance, where it struck and destroyed several mailboxes and a telephone pole.
The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation of multiple crashes that killed ten people and injured at least 18 on I-75 near Gainesville, FL over the weekend. Drivers encountered an area of extremely low visibility, and a string of collisions occurred. The scene of the disaster stretches one mile long with wreckage everywhere. Fog and smoke from a brushfire at nearby Paynes Prairie made it so difficult for drivers to see that they crashed into the vehicles in front of them one after the other. Witnesses have reported hearing repeated crashes of the vehicles, crying and screaming. One survivor said, “It was happening on both sides of the road, so there was nowhere to go. It blew my mind.” Several passenger cars as well as tractor-trailers were involved in the pileup.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the agency that enforces compliance with trucking regulations, has proposed lowering the hours a truck driver can spend behind the wheel before taking a break in an effort to reduce trucking accidents in the U.S. The FMCSA would like to reduce driving time from 11 hours in each 14-hour shift to 10 hours. The proposed changes would also mandate that drivers take more time off from work between seven-day stretches of working and require drivers to take a one-hour break from long shifts, including time spent loading and unloading freight. The agency expects to issue a ruling on the proposed changes by October 28. Trucking companies are strongly opposed to the changes, saying that the new rules would increase their costs of doing business.
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