A woman was killed after a tanker truck carrying 2,000 gallons of chlorine flipped over onto her car while making a left-hand turn. Source.
The woman was driving north on U.S. 301 in the left lane approaching 44th Avenue East at around 4:30 am on Thursday, September 16, 2021. The tanker truck was also approaching the intersection in the left turn lane. When making the left turn, the tanker truck lost control of their vehicle, dragging the woman’s car into the southbound lanes before flipping over onto it, killing the woman.
Following the accident, a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper stated that “It appears we had an inexperienced driver. He obviously made that turn way too fast. Whenever you have a load that heavy, the momentum is going to shift and unfortunately there was a passenger vehicle.”
The woman driving the car was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene of the crash but was left trapped in her car for hours as crews worked to offload the 2,000 pounds of chlorine that remained inside the truck. The victim was able to be pulled out of her car by mid-afternoon, and troopers were able to identify her as a 60-year-old Sarasota woman. The driver of the tanker truck, a 39-year-old man, was not injured.
An accident involving a truck or commercial vehicle can be much more dangerous than one involving two personal-use vehicles. Not only are commercial trucks and other vehicles larger and heavier, but if they are carrying dangerous freight, the results could be catastrophic, like this one. At Beltz & Beltz, our personal injury attorneys represent the victims of truck and commercial vehicle accidents. We work for you from the moment we accept your case to make sure you are not taken advantage of. If you or your loved ones have been the victim of a truck or commercial vehicle accident, contact our office.
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