The drivers of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers often undergo weeks on in-classroom followed by months of on-the-job training. This can make them some of the best-trained drivers on today’s roadways. Still, the statistics regarding tractor-trailer accidents are sobering. Some 98% of tractor-trailer accidents result in a fatality. 75% of these accidents are caused by a driver other than the truck driver. Driver fatigue is responsible for roughly 30% of commercial semi-truck accidents.
The Village News reports on an accident caused when a car hit a semi-truck that left two people injured.
The accident occurred on Sunday afternoon in the southbound lanes of I-75 near mile marker 433 in Columbia County.
21-year-old Joshua Berrio Eastman was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry in the northbound lanes when his car suddenly veered into the southbound lanes after crossing the median. The front of the Camry clipped the back tires of the semi, causing the trailer tandem to separate. It then rotated several times.
Eastman and his passenger, 26-year-old Kelsey Hall of Lady Lake both suffered serious injuries in the accident. Eastman was taken to UF Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Hall was transported to Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, 62-year-old Anthony Leroy Drake of McDonough, Georgia, was not injured.
The crash is still under investigation. Authorities are attempting to determine if alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.
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