A semitrailer truck being driven by a man from Georgia was the apparent cause of a traffic accident earlier this month on a U.S. highway in a neighboring state.
According to a the Highway Patrol in that jurisdiction, the semi failed to stop at a red light and rear-ended a Honda Odyssey carrying three people which was stopped at the light. Officials report that the truck accident knocked the van onto the shoulder of the highway and forward for a distance of 300 feet.
Two occupants of the passenger vehicle were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Another passenger, a 1-year-old, reportedly escaped unscathed.
The driver of the semi reported to police that he attempted to apply the brakes, but that his foot slipped off the pedal and became wedged against the accelerator. The driver stopped the truck following the accident and waited at the scene for police.
It was not clear whether the brakes on the semi were operating properly at the time of the impact, or whether the commercial vehicle was otherwise defective. It's likely that officials in Florida, where the crash occurred, are investigating this aspect of the case. Insurance investigators are certainly also working to assess the causes of the accident.
In the meantime, officials say they have charged the driver with careless driving. Damage to the passenger vehicle is estimated to be in excess of $12,000.
No further information is available concerning the status of the people who were hurt in the crash, but serious injuries from such an accident often result in expensive medical treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, possible long term disability.
Source: Navarre Press, "Two injured in Gulf Breeze Wreck," June 6, 2012