Witnesses told WPBF a pickup truck ran a stop sign at the intersection of Midway Road and Okeechobee Road around noon and collided with a semi.
“A red pickup truck came down Midway here, made a left-hand turn,” said a 45-year old witness. “Didn’t even stop. Just turned right in front of the semi-truck.”
The impact caused the pickup to burst into flames. Another 31-year old man said he tried to help the victims. “I went up around the truck and tried to help get the driver out of the F-150. The seats were collapsed and stuff was everywhere,” The 31-year old said.
Both victims inside the pickup truck were critically injured at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. This intersection was also the scene of a deadly crash more than a year ago.
Sometime last year, a 74-year-old man was driving an RV at night with no headlights on.
Investigators said he was driving on the wrong side of the road and slammed into a car, killing two teenagers.
After that accident, state officials tried to make the area safer by adding more signs and more lights.
They declined to add a traffic light.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “Cases involving accidents with trucks are always subject to heightened scrutiny because of the additional regulations placed on drivers of those vehicles. Unfortunately, in our practice, we have seen numerous instances where drivers blatantly violate these regulations, which results in catastrophic consequences.”
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