A truck crossed a highway median in Stuart and collided with a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction, killing all six men in the pickup in an accident authorities suspect was caused by alcohol and prescription drugs, state troopers said.
Another two people were injured in a Jeep when the driver lost control trying to avoid the trucks.
The Florida Highway Patrol said, investigating officers found prescription pills and open containers of alcohol inside the dump truck after the accident that occurred on a state highway near Sewall’s point, about 15 miles (about 25 kilometers) south of Stuart.
The dump truck driver was treated for minor injuries and booked on suspicion of six counts of automobile homicide, the agency said.
The driver of the pickup truck was identified as 62-year-old man, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
FHP said authorities are working to identify the other victims.
“It was one of the most horrific accidents I have ever seen,” a witness said.
The highway patrol reported that just before the accident another driver had contacted authorities to say that dump truck was driving erratically.
The westbound dump truck then vaulted over the middle barrier and slammed into the driver’s side of the eastbound pickup, police said. Three of the men were thrown out of the vehicle and another three remained inside.
The driver of an eastbound Jeep lost control of her vehicle when she tried to avoid the two trucks, authorities said. She and a female passenger were taken to a hospital in for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious truck accident involving a pickup truck, which ultimately, resulted in fatal injuries to 6 people. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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