A semitrailer accident in Tampa leaves one man dead and leaves us with unanswered questions. According to TBO.com, a van was stopped in the center lane on Interstate 275 north of Bearss Avenue without any lights at about 11:45 p.m. last night. A semitrailer obviously could not see the van and rear-ended the stopped unlit van. The force of impact ignited the van into flames and sent the tractor-trailer into the opposite direction lanes. The van’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The man has not been identified pending notification of family, the Florida Highway Patrol said. As a result of the semitrailer accident, I-275 was closed in both directions for about six hours between Bearss Avenue and the Interstate 275-75 apex in Pasco County.
It remains unclear as to why the van was stopped on Interstate 275 without lights. If it was due to mechanical issues, this semitrailer accident should serve as a reminder of the importance of making sure your vehicle’s lights are properly working. Sometimes, it is hard to determine if your backlights are not working because you cannot see them while you are driving. I recommend that you periodically have your spouse or friend check your lights with you in the driver’s seat before heading onto the road. Check the tail lights and brake lights to make sure no bulbs are burned out.
This semitrailer accident will forever change two families – the one who lost a family member and the driver of the semitrailer. Even though the semitruck driver apparently did nothing to contribute to the crash, any accident involving serious injury or death can impact you for years.
Check your vehicles before getting on the Interstate. Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.
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