• September 12, 2022

Driver Killed in Dump Truck Rollover Crash on Hwy 77 in Southport, FL

Southport, FL — September 6, 2022, a 64-year-old dump truck driver died in an overturn accident on Highway 77 in Southport.

Authorities say the incident happened around 1:30 p.m. on Highway 77 at County Road 2300 (Steam Plant Road). Preliminary investigation suggests the dump truck was headed east after leaving a construction site when the driver may have lost control for unknown reasons.

The truck ran off the road onto the grass shoulder and the driver over-corrected, causing the truck to pass back through and off the road, hit a tree, then overturn and roll several times.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Driver Killed in Dump Truck Rollover Crash on Hwy 77 in Southport, FL

Commentary on Truck Accident on Hwy 77 in Southport

With a crash like this, folks can often get caught up in the most obvious issue of finding out what caused it. As important as that clearly is, it may actually be just one piece of a larger puzzle. For instance, something I rarely see anyone talk about is how a lot of truck rollovers like this don't actually have to be fatal. Sometimes a driver loses his life because the truck he's in really wasn't built with his or anyone's safety in mind.

Too many manufacturers don't lend much thought to the people who will operate their trucks, or how best to protect those people out on the road. That lack of consideration can cost truckers their lives. Learning more about the issue may not shed further light on the wreck in Southport, but it could help some understand that there might be more to this crash than reports let on.

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