Trucker Injured in 18-Wheelers Accident on I-75 in Sumter County, FL
Sumter County, FL — June 9, 2022, one person was seriously injured in a crash between commercial trucks on Interstate 75 in Sumter County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 8:45 a.m. on I-75 near County Road 476. Preliminary investigation suggests an 18-wheeler driven by a 65-year-old Summerfield man was headed south on the interstate when he drifted partially into the next lane and hit the left-rear of another tractor-trailer.
The Summerfield man's truck jackknifed across the lanes while the truck he hit veered partway off the road and stopped partially in the median.
The Summerfield man was airlifted from the scene to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The other driver declined treatment at the scene.
No further information is available at this time.
Commentary on Truck Accident on I-75 in Sumter County
Reports seem to have a fair handle on what happened on I-75, but so soon after the crash it's little surprise nobody can say yet exactly how or why things went that way. All reports say is the injured driver traveled partly into another truck's lane and hit the tail end of another big rig. Was that a lane change gone wrong? Did the injured driver lose control for some reason--a tire blowout, mechanical failure, or medical issue, for example? Was the road wet or somehow bad for traction in the area?
I don't ask questions like that to complicate things, but I think most would agree that blaming a truck driver for carelessness if a crash really wasn't his fault would be unfair. Knowing all the relevant details of a wreck is always important. No only does everyone affected deserve the whole truth, but the victim's options for getting back on his feet might differ greatly depending on what that truth turns out to be. Will police invest the needed time and resources to ensure the full story is known?