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Semi-truck causes massive fatal pile-up

A multi-vehicle accident in Florida highlights the dangers of trucks and exemplifies the tragedy of fatal accidents.

The wreck in this case occurred in Marion County, Florida on Interstate 75. A truck suddenly careened into a guardrail, and as the driver tried to correct his vehicle's route, he crashed into four other semi-trucks. Four other cars ended up being involved in the massive nine-vehicle crash. One person, a 25-year-old man, was killed in the crash. Ten other people had to be treated at the scene of the accident. Details on their injuries were not made available and the crash itself is still under investigation.

The pile-up accident occurred late at night and the highway had to be closed for a substantial amount of time.

Without much else to go on, we can only speculate as to the reason why the truck driver suddenly lost control of his vehicle. One common cause of truck accidents is a driver that is fatigued or sleepy. Since this crash happened at night, it is fair to assume that this could have played a role in the crash.

Distraction is also a big deal for truckers. Was the driver checking his phone? Was he talking on the phone or changing the radio station? Was he fully paying attention to the road in front of him?

The possibilities are endless, and until clear information and firm details come out about this crash, we can only speculate as to the state of mind of the truck driver.

Source: 20 WCJB, "1 dead after multi-vehicle pile up on I-75," Carla Bayron, July 15, 2017

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