For the most part, tractor-trailer drivers are some of the most well-trained commercial drivers on the roads. They attend several weeks to several months of classroom training and then undergo an additional few weeks of training with an experienced truck driver on the road. Because of this, when tractor-trailer drivers are involved in traffic accidents it will be the fault of the other driver. However, no one is perfect and even tractor-trailer drivers can make mistakes that lead to accidents.
The Gainesville Sun reports on a tractor-trailer driver who has had several citations before being involved in a fatal accident involving a church bus heading to Disney World.
59-year-old Steve Holland was a truck driver involved in a fiery I-75 southbound crash that killed seven people, including himself.
The accident, which occurred north on 75 near Gainesville on Thursday, January 3rd, happened when Holland crashed into another vehicle for reasons unknown. The crash caused both vehicles to go through the center divider, into the path of a church bus carrying children. The bus was from Louisiana and was traveling to Disney World.
Five children, ranging in age from 9 to 14, who were all passengers in the van, died in the crash. A pregnant woman was also in the van, but she survived. She and her baby have both been stabilized.
Holland has a history of being issued traffic citations. Most of the citations were minor, but Holland was ticketed for careless driving and speeding in 2003 and 2004, respectively.
Holland’s Facebook page indicated that he had been a contract mail carrier for Eagle Express lines, which is based in Illinois. The company’s Facebook page mentioned the death of one of its drivers but did not specify Holland.
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