• September 20, 2022

Injuries Reported when Cement Truck Hits Toll Plaza on I-75 in Collier County, FL

Collier County, FL — September 19, 2022, one person was seriously injured when a concrete truck crashed into a toll plaza on I-75 in Collier County.

Authorities say the incident happened Monday along Interstate 75 near Alligator Alley. The cause and circumstances of the wreck aren't clear yet, but reports say an empty cement truck plowed into one or more toll booths at a plaza along the highway. Images of the scene show heavy damage to a guardrail leading up to the booths and the cement truck nearby in pieces.

At least one toll attendant suffered serious injuries in the wreck; that person was airlifted from the scene to an area hospital. Two passengers from a nearby car received minor injuries and were also taken to a hospital. The truck driver's condition is unknown.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Injuries Reported when Cement Truck Hits Toll Plaza on I-75 in Collier County, FL

Commentary on Toll Booth Plaza Accident on I-75 in Collier County

When folks read that a truck hit a stationary object like a toll booth or plaza, it's not unusual for them to assume the truck driver just made some kind of serious mistake at the wheel. Further investigation might confirm something like that happened; the driver could have fallen asleep from long driving hours or just been momentarily distracted by his phone or a radio. However, it's important to recognize that no clear cause was identified by police and nothing should be taken for granted while the dots are still being connected.

To be sure the truth is found someone still needs to look into all kinds of potential factors: road conditions, issues with visibility or sightlines, problems or defects in the truck that made it go off-course, possible medical emergencies on the driver's part, other traffic forcing the driver to swerve, and many other issues all need evaluation in search of the whole story.

Sometimes police put in the effort to check all the boxes, but many times a police report is found lacking when the investigation concludes. That can cause serious problems for victims and families who seek both answers and any help they can get with their recovery. To be sure both are available, it may be necessary to have someone else take another look.

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