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Crash involving box truck leaves Florida man dead

Sometimes speeding or simply failing to slow down for the vehicle in front of you can have serious consequences. On a busy roadway, a chain reaction accident can result, and a rear-ender can turn into something much more serious, as a recent accident in Central Florida shows.

An accident involving three vehicles that occurred in Volusia County recently took the life of a man from Pierson, according to police. The truck accident involved a box truck that was carrying watermelons, a pickup carrying frozen chicken and fish, and a smaller car.

The man who died was struck while traveling north on US-17 in the pickup truck, a Ford F-350, after the driver of the box truck apparently failing to yield to a 1995 Toyota Camry. That car was driven by a 33-year-old man who was attempting to make a left turn.

The box truck ended up striking the rear of the vehicle trying to turn, which then was pushed into the southbound lane. That car then collided with the driver’s side of the pickup truck. The 35-year-old driver of the pickup was killed in the crash. The driver of the GMC, meanwhile, sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the Camry managed to avoid being injured.

The Florida Highway Patrol was investigating the chain reaction truck crash and indicated that charges could be filed against the driver of the box truck.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “One man dead after 3-car crash on US-17 in Volusia,” Desiree Stennett, July 19, 2012

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