First Coast News reports that there was a crash between two tractor trailers which caused five other vehicles to wreck. The tragic accident killed one man and injured three others. The accident occurred on November 18th at the Gainesville/University of Florida Exit at approximately 5:30 p.m. A Kenworth semi was heading northbound on Interstate-75 in Alachua County and made a sudden left turn into the center median crossing over the guardrail. The semi then sideswiped the trailer of a southbound 2013 Freightliner semitrailer driven by a 50 year old man from Social Circle, Georgia. The Kenworth jackknifed and blocked all three southbound travel lanes. Five other vehicles then collided as the drivers tried to avoid each other and the Kenworth, which had burst into flames. The other five vehicles were all on I-75 southbound and crashed after that initial wreck.
While some accidents may be unavoidable, there are many ways you can drive defensively to help steer clear of less careful drivers. This is especially important around “semi” trucks and tractor trailers. Due to the size of these trucks and the conditions the drivers work in, it is absolutely important that you use great caution when driving around these vehicles on the road. An important factor in preventing these types of accidents is to understand the danger.