A Florida truck driver was killed in a three-truck crash on Interstate 75 west of Jacksonville Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 17.
Jean E. Sainca, 44, of North Lauderdale, Florida died in the collision. The Florida Highway Patrol said in a statement Sainca’s 2016 Freightliner was northbound in the center lane when a tire blew on a 2012 Freightliner driven in the right lane by David G. Drummond, 64, of McDonough, Georgia. Troopers say Drummond’s truck struck Sainca’s and both drove through the center guardrail into the southbound lanes of the interstate.
According to police, Drummond’s truck jackknifed and came to a stop. Sainca’s truck was struck by a 2012 Peterbilt driven by John B. Bryant, 45, of Port Saint Lucie and caught fire. Bryant’s truck left the highway, struck a tree and became engulfed in flames. He was hospitalized with serious injuries, according to the troopers.
The collision caused that section of I-75 to be closed for much of the day.
Louisiana crash claims 61-year-old trucker
A trucker died in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday, Sept. 18 in Louisiana.
Louisiana State Police report 61-year-old Steven Lambert of Mansura, Louisiana died when his 2014 Freightliner failed to negotiate a curve on LA 361 in Lebeau in St. Landry Parish north of Lafayette. Lambert’s truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and burst into flames, according to the troopers.
Two injured when truck slams into Washington DOT vehicle
Two people were injured Friday, Sept. 13 when a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a Washington Department of Transportation truck on Interstate 5 south of the Maytown Exit in Thurston County, which is located south of Olympia.
The DOT reports a tractor-trailer struck a truck-mounted attenuator — a device meant to reduce damage in case of a collision — at a construction site at about 1 a.m. The truck’s driver and the DOT employee in the attenuator vehicle were hospitalized for what WSDOT says were head and neck injuries.
In a Facebook post, WSDOT said, “The Washington State Patrol found that the (tractor-trailer) driver was inattentive, leading to the collision.”
The identities of the people involved in the crash were not released.