Niceville Man Possibly Killed in UPS Truck Accident on I-10 in Jackson County, FL
Jackson County, FL -- February 15, 2023, some reports identify a Niceville man as the victim killed in a UPS truck accident on I-10.
Right now, details surrounding the crash are still being confirmed. Initial details suggest the crash happened Wednesday evening along eastbound I-10 near mile marker 136.
In reports, details suggest that a red semi with a trailer stopped for traffic. That truck was said to have had its emergency lights on. While stopped, a UPS semi truck hauling tandem trailers somehow slammed into the back of the first 18-wheeler.
Some sources are conflicting on who exactly died as a result of the crash, though one fatality was confirmed. Some reports say the victim was a 60-year-old Niceville man, Which those reports say was the driver of the stopped truck. Most other sources do not specify who the victim was, and at least one sources says it was the UPS driver that suffered fatal injuries. That last point is where I would caution people to take all of this information with a grain of salt.
Simply put, I've seen some say the UPS driver is the one that hit the stopped truck and subsequently died as a result. However, the source I've seen them cite doesn't specify anyone being the victim. So what gives? Well, frankly, if I had to guess who was fatally injured based on photos from the scene, I wouldn't guess that it was the driver of the stopped vehicle. It doesn't seem to have that significant of damage to the cab whereas the truck behind it, likely the UPS truck, is demolished. It's tough to see how anyone could walk away from that kind of damage, and it's even stranger to think someone in the other truck would be the sole fatality.
However, is it impossible? Not at all. Most everyone has likely seen some report of a car that looked completely mangled only for the driver to escape relatively unharmed. The opposite can be true, as well. A vehicle may not look that damaged, yet extenuating circumstances lead to the driver being seriously hurt regardless. Could it be that the same unusual circumstances happened here? I can't say for cure, but there is clearly confusion between public media outlets about what happened here and who was affected. That alone could be a sign this crash isn't being handled properly, and that's not something the victim's loved ones should have to worry about.