Investigators have identified the driver of a dump truck that was critically injured after a crash with a train in St. Lucie County.
He was 66-year-old Tory James of Jensen Beach.
The crash happened at 12701 Glades Cutoff Road. Officials say the truck was traveling southwest on the dirt road across the railroad tracks when the driver failed to observe the approaching train.
According to FHP, the dump truck cab became separated from the body of the vehicle and the driver was ejected. The train did not derail.
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue dive team searched the canal for the driver and cab, using a drone submarine. The dump truck was removed from the canal and transported to a storage facility in Port St. Lucie.
The St. Lucie County dive team searched the water for several hours and were unable to locate the driver. Officials say the search was stopped for safety reasons.
Brown was later found at the shore the next day with very critically injuries. He was immediately airlifted to a nearby hospital. His current condition is not yet known according to paramedics.
Florida Highway Patrol says the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Anyone with relevant information concerning the cause of the car crash is asked to contact the FHP department.
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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