A chain-reaction pileup on the St. Lucie County Expressway involving two 18-wheelers, a pickup truck and a Toyota Corolla left six people injured, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.
The crash happened on the northbound side in Lake Wood near Fort Pierce, according to Florida Highway Patrol officials.
One of the big rigs had been stopped in the middle lane, with a Ford pickup idling behind him, when the second tractor-trailer came barreling into the rear of the much smaller truck.
“A second 18-wheeler, traveling in the same direction, failed to negotiate this stop and caused a chain-reaction collision, hitting both the Ford pickup truck and also a Toyota Corolla,” an official said at a press conference.
“The Toyota Corolla ended up being lodged on top of the center divider of the highway,” he added. “The Ford pickup truck was wedged underneath the second tractor-trailer.”
Two of the injured were not yet identified. The others were in serious condition and had been taken to a hospital in St. Lucie County
The cause of the crash still remains under investigation and FHP is urging anyone with essential information concerning the crash to contact the department.
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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