Nathaniel Perkins, Johneisha Gadson, Trucker Killed in North Port, FL, Accident
North Port, FL -- March 5, 2017, Nathaniel Perkins, Johneisha Gadson, and one other driver were killed following a semi-trailer accident.
According to reports released by the Florida State Highway Patrol, the crash happened near the intersection of Highway 93/I-75 and North Toledo Blade Boulevard.
Preliminary investigations indicate that a 51-year-old truck driver was hauling a car trailer down the interstate when he experienced some sort of mechanical failure. He pulled off onto the side of the highway and exited the vehicle.
Sometimes later, a Nissan car failed to avoid the truck parked on the side of the highway and crashed into the back of it. The Nissan spun into traffic where it crashed with another.
23-year-old Perkins and 22-year-old Gadson were both ejected from the Nissan onto the roadway. They both suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. The truck driver was also struck during the crash and succumbed to his injuries as well. A third passenger from the Nissan was in taken to a hospital in critical condition. The occupants of the third vehicle suffered only minor injuries.
Authorities have not yet indicated what factors contributed to this accident. They say investigations are ongoing.
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