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One Person Killed, Many Injured After 4-Vehicle Crash In Martin County

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — A 52-year-old man was killed in a crash involving four vehicles that shut down Conners Highway, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said.

The crash happened at the intersection of State Road 15 and Kanner Hwy. FHP was called to the scene between Exit 15B and Kanner Highway. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says several others were injured.

A pickup truck was heading north on State Road 15 while a tractor-trailer was heading south, according to FHP. At the same time, a sedan and another pickup truck were driving south on State Road 15 behind the tractor-trailer.

The pickup truck then crossed into the southbound lane crashing into the front of the tractor-trailer, according to FHP. The pickup truck spun out hitting the front of the sedan before overturning and landing on the north shoulder of the road. The truck landed on its roof.

After getting hit by the pickup truck, the tractor-trailer flipped over partially landing on the south shoulder of the road and partially on State Road 15, facing south, according to FHP. The sedan, after getting hit by the pickup truck, spun out before coming to a stop on the north shoulder of State Road 15.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 43-year-old man from Belle Glade, died at the scene.

The driver of the first pickup truck, a 29-year-old man from Okeechobee, had minor injuries, according to FHP. The driver of the sedan, a 40-year-old man from Loxahatchee, also had minor injuries while the driver of the other pickup truck traveling behind the sedan, a 46-year-old man from Belle Glade, was not injured.

The road was closed for several hours and drivers had to take Warfield Boulevard as an alternate route. The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office said US-441 was also closed because of the crash and northbound traffic was diverted.

The crash is still being investigated. FHP is not releasing the name of those involved in the crash.

Comments:

Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash.  “Cases involving accidents with tractor trailers 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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