Driving next to a tractor-trailer can be unnerving for any driver. If that semi-truck were to experience a blowout, it could lead to a serious accident. Most of the time, tire blowouts are caused by debris in the roadway, though they can be caused by improper inflation or tire maintenance. Whatever the reason, when the blowout occurs, it can cause the driver of the truck to lose control. This can lead to a jackknife situation, which can lead to a multi-vehicle accident. In most truck accidents, it is the other motorists who suffer the most serious injuries.
The crash happened on I-75 southbound near mile marker 414 on last Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, three tractor-trailers and a 2016 Jeep were traveling the interstate. Two of the tractor-trailers were traveling northbound and the other tractor-trailer and the Jeep were traveling southbound.
One of the trailers traveling northbound in the right lane experienced a tire blowout. This caused the vehicle to veer to the left, striking the side of the second tractor-trailer. After this initial collision, both tractor-trailers traveled through the center guardrail. The second tractor-trailer hit the tractor-trailer that was traveling southbound.
After striking the southbound tractor-trailer, the second tractor-trailer caught fire. The driver of that vehicle, 44-year-old Jean Sainca, died as a result of the crash.
The driver of the Jeep saw the collision and veered off the roadway, striking a tree. Her vehicle then caught fire from the flames from the accident, which had spread across the accident site.
Police say that charges are pending in the accident.