Orlando Man Killed in 3 Semi-Truck Accident on Florida’s Turnpike in Martin County
Martin County, FL — January 13, 2023, a 67-year-old truck driver from Orlando died in a crash between three big rigs on Florida's Turnpike in Martin County.
Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 6:00 a.m. on the turnpike near mile marker 133, in the Palm City area. Preliminary investigation suggests the Orlando man was traveling south on the highway when he allegedly failed to control his truck's speed and rear-ended a semi stopped in traffic ahead of him. The second big rig was then pushed into the rear of a third truck ahead of it.
The Orlando driver was fatally injured in the crash. The third truck's driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.
Press reports about this incident don't shed much light on this incident aside from saying one man crashed into another for seemingly no reason. That obviously strikes me as odd given that truck drivers are trained professionals and the victim's age suggests this was probably not his first time behind the wheel. Hopefully by the end of their investigation authorities can clearly explain what happened here to his family, whom I suspect have many urgent questions that deserve answers.
The only bit of seeming good news here is that the only other injuries mentioned in the crash were minor. If the news got that right it's a relief, as many people rear-ended by big rigs sustain far worse damages. In fact, I'd suggest keeping a close eye on those injuries in case they take a little time to show their true nature—but hopefully that will just be a matter of prudent precaution.