Tractor Trailer Crashed Into Several Cars, Leaving 12 Injured
An unhinged and possibly intoxicated driver injured twelve people and seriously injured seven he slammed a tractor trailer into several cars and then tried to steal a fire truck, according to officials.
Police authorities say the driver, who has not been identified, was driving a large Enterprise rental truck north on 10th Avenue when he began his path of destruction, smacking into a total of eight vehicles between 42nd and 44th Street.
The truck driver ditched his banged-up ride a little north of 43rd Street and started yelling that someone was after him, according to a 53-year-old witness, who saw the chaos unfold as he was catching the Jets game at a bar across the street.
Moments later, a man in a black Mercedes Benz pulled up, saying the truck driver had hit his car and several other cars.
The witness grabbed the manic truck driver to keep him from fleeing and to stop him from fighting with the Mercedes owner in the middle of the street, he said.
The truck driver tried to climb into a fire engine, and got into a scrap with the firefighter in the driver’s seat, according to Indian River County Fire Department officials.
All twelve people went to the hospital including the truck driver and the firefighter, fire officials said. Five had minor injuries and three were listed as serious. None were pedestrians, police said.
Police said, the incident was not terror-related and they believe the truck driver was on drugs though they would not clarify.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in injuries. 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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