Two Florida truck drivers, including one from Orlando, are lucky to be alive after a bizarre accident that probably looked like a movie stunt to onlookers.
The truck accident occurred on Interstate 95 South last week. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Fed Ex tractor-trailer was traveling in the outside lane behind a man driving a car-carrier trailer.
The Fed Ex driver apparently attempted to move to the center lane, but encountered another vehicle. He allegedly didn’t slow down enough when he moved back to the outside lane. As a result, he drove the truck straight up the ramp of the car-carrier trailer.
The two trucks remained that way — one sitting on top of the other — heading in a southwest direction on the highway until the drivers were able to slow down and the driver of the car-carrier trailer was able to guide them off the roadway. Miraculously, neither driver was injured. They were both wearing seatbelts and police say alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
The accident certainly caused a few headaches, however. Both trailers sustained over $10,000 worth of damage. In addition, the outside lane of the interstate was closed for over an hour.
The 35-year-old driver of the Fed Ex truck, who is from West Palm Beach, was charged with careless driving, according to the St. Augustine Record.
If anything, this accident serves as a reminder for truck drivers to slow down and be cautious when changing lanes.
Source: St. Augustine Record, “Trailer accidentally drives up ramp of car carrier on I-95,” Dec. 29, 2011