Skip to comments.Truck driver dies in fiery early morning I-10 crash
Posted on 09/28/2018 10:57:15 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
MILTON A driver was killed early Friday after rear-ending a car on Interstate 10 that had stopped due to road construction.
According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, at around 2 a.m. Friday three cars were traveling east on Interstate 10 at mile marker 20, approaching Avalon Boulevard. Two of the cars, one driven by 38-year-old Amaury Cisneros Morales of Orlando and another driven by 57-year-old Brian Cordes of Slidell, Louisiana, came to a complete stop due to a construction roadblock in the area.
A Freightliner truck traveling behind Morales car failed to stop and rear-ended the trailer being towed by Morales car, according to the FHP report. The truck then became engulfed in flames.
The driver of the truck died in the crash, and the drivers identity has not yet been released pending next-of-kin notification.
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Odd that the truck driver died.
Usually it’s the drivers of the smaller vehicles that get killed in accidents involving big trucks.
That flasher button or switch within reach of the driver? ...Don’t be shy about using it, people!!!
The car was pulling a trailer.
“The car was pulling a trailer.”
If trailer didn’t have lights it was running illegal. Truck driver asleep maybe? Distracted by phone or in cab electronics?
“More work zone mayhem.”
More drivers not watching ahead mayhem sounds more like it
The car-trailer combo was followed by a Peterbilt. The Peterbilt was followed by the Freightliner, the driver of which should have seen the Peterbilt, with all its running lights and red-and-white reflective strips.
There are very important Conservative principles involved here. Perhaps somebody could name one for me.
How often do you reach for the hazard button when stopping for a construction zone? Except in cases where the first guy panic stops, most such accidents are because the one behind was somehow distracted by any number of things - only takes a sneeze-worth of time ...
I drive in a foreign country a lot of the time.
Horns and hazard warning lights are well-used (and often-used) pieces of the vehicle’s equipment. They certainly have applicability in the USA to a greater extent than they currently are employed. IMHO, of course
Truck driver could have had a medical event behind the wheel, say a heart attack or a stroke.
“Horns and hazard warning lights are well-used (and often-used) pieces of the vehicles equipment. They certainly have applicability in the USA to a greater extent than they currently are employed. IMHO, of course”
Here in the US hardly anyone uses their turn signals when making turns much less when changing lanes.
I can remember when failure to signal a lane change would get you a ticket and a stern lecture from the ticketing officer.
Now the COPS don’t even use that forgotten piece of mandatory equipment.
If I’m last in a construction zone with a work stoppage (or very slow movement), I always put the 4-ways on. I’ve driven close to a million miles, mostly on interstate, and everything I’ve seen and learned says outside the flow of traffic do everything you can to make sure people who aren’t expecting a stop see you.
My drive is off a 45mph road (going speed closer to 60) and I always flash my brake lights several times to make sure they’ve noticed I’m slowing down.
As a defensive driver, I’ve avoided a lot of accidents (even pulling off the road for a big rig that couldn’t slow down in the snow), because I don’t want to lose my old car or my life!
“If trailer didnt have lights it was running illegal. Truck driver asleep maybe? Distracted by phone or in cab electronics?”
When I drove long haul I did a lot of night driving.
Very possible the driver was tired and looking for a place to park. Good luck at that time of night.
Driver could have just started driving to make a 3 or 4 am delivery and hadn’t made sure he was completely awake. I saw that too much for comfort.
Don’t get me started on cell phones.
WORST single thing to ever happen to drivers was the cell phone.
Whatever the cause, he paid for his mistake with his life. The one thing you only get one of.
Times and places for anything - I drove in Italy and Germany for a few years and Italy really required one to be alert - they use their headlights to ‘claim” a lane, wasn’t odd for someone to straddle a center-line and start flashing his lights to get both directions to move over and give him pass-age...in the early morning, before the sun came up, one had to be alert for low lights of a lantern hanging off the axle of a horse-drawn wagon, even on the autostrada, as a farmer made his way to the fields...alertness and situational awareness are key.
I often do the same when it is obvious I am in such a zone - it sounds like the guy was surprised and hit the brakes hard...used to be when truckers were really up on situational awareness and safety but these days they act as if they are in sports cars....they are usually the fastest thing moving in foggy/rainy weather and I’ve almost been taken out by a few while going 30 in a downpour where even 30 was too fast....flashers and all.... one almost put me in the Genessee River when, the light turning green and me noting a truck over 1/8 mile away in the lane that just turned red (45 mph zone) - I turned right and looked in the mirror and he was on me...trying to run the light from over 2,000 feet away. I managed to hit the shoulder and hug the guard rail as he then stopped (in less than 200 feet) and he came back and asked what kind of fool I was because you couldn’t stop them rigs on a dime....I retorted that you also couldn’t speed them up and beat a light that had turned red while as far back as he was and he gave me a dirty look and returned to his rig....the original line that got me going was that some wanted to arbitrarily blame the drive of the car for causing the trucker’s demise and while it happens often enough, it also happens the other way around with at least the same frequency.
“Here in the US hardly anyone uses their turn signals when making turns much less when changing lanes.”
...and, stop signs are just a suggestion.
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