An accident on Florida’s Sawgrass Expressway left two people dead after a truck rollover on April 16. An investigation into why the accident happened was still underway as of April 17.
The truck accident happened in Sunrise near the exit for Pat Salermo Drive around 10:30 a.m. when the truck, heading north on the expressway, hit the rear of a car. According to a Florida Highway Patrol representative, the driver of the semi-trailer was unable to control his vehicle, and the truck rolled onto the car. The semi-trailer caught fire. Rescue personnel were unable to get to the vehicle trapped under the truck due to the blaze. A crane lifted the truck off the motor vehicle, and authorities said firefighters were able to get to the car after several hours and reported that two individuals were found in the burned vehicle.
The truck driver was taken to a Broward medical center. According to reports, the driver suffered serious injuries. Individuals in the car were badly burned, and a FHP representative said that dental records as well as registration tags would be used to identify the occupants.
Traffic heading north on Sawgrass Expressway was led off the highway, and a detour onto Sunrise Boulevard was set up. The highway reopened at around 3:30 p.m. As of April 17, the cause of accident is unknown.
When a motorist is killed in a crash, the family may suffer financial loss. This may result from funeral bills and the loss of the individual’s contribution to household expenses. The family may wish to speak to an attorney who might review accident data to determine if negligence occurred. If it did, the attorney may file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver and possibly his or her employer.
Source: WSVN, “2 dead after tractor-trailer accident on Sawgrass Expressway,” April 16, 2015