Thursday, January 07, 2010
Hendry 3-Truck Crash Leaves 1 Dead
Ocala Man Dead On US 27 In Hendry County
CLEWISTON, FL. -- A crash involving three semi-trucks in Hendry county left an Ocala man dead Thursday morning.
The Florida Highway Patrol says a 2001 International semi-tractor was unlawfully stopped in the roadway on US 27 about 2 miles west of Hendry county road 720, occupying the outside northbound lane on US 27. A 1997 Frieghtliner was also unlawfully stopped
directly in front of the International, both occupying the same lane.
Meanwhile a 1998 Peterbuilt semi was traveling north on US 27 in the outside lane, and was unable to stop or take evasive action. The front of the vehicle collided into the left rear of one illegally parked trucks and then collided into the rear of the other.
The driver, Colin Griffiths 44, of Ocala was pronounced deceased on the scene of the crash.
Eduardo Fraga, 48 of Miami, driving the International was transported to Hendry County Hospital. Isai Perez, 38 of Miami was uninjured.
Fraga was stopped in the roadway so that he could attend to what he believed to be a faulty tire on the rear of his trailer. Perez stopped to assist him. Both were not in the trucks at the time of the crash. Fraga and Perez were charged with unlawfully stopping in the roadway.