A truck hit the barrier wall on Interstate-95, causing the truck to dangle over the overpass, killing the passenger.
The accident took place early Wednesday morning as a bakery truck was on its way to make a delivery. Fire rescue arrived on the scene, as both the passenger and driver were trapped inside the truck. The driver, Buenaventura Fernandez Jr., was taken to Broward Health Medical Center and suffered only minor injuries. The passenger died at the scene.
Fire rescue was able to remove the driver within two hours using a ladder truck parked below the dangling truck. However, there were unable to reach the dead passenger, who was pinned inside the truck. Only after the vehicle was hoisted back onto the highway was fire rescue able to remove the body.
The name of the passenger has not been released.
The 2001 Isuzu delivery truck belonged to Tracy Bakery, which sells wholesale frozen baked goods and is based in Palmetto Bay.
Due to their size and heavy weights, trucks can cause serious injury or death if they are involved in an accident. Of the 15.5 million trucks in the U.S., nearly 13 percent are semis, big rigs and tractor trailers. About 98 percent of all semi accidents result in at least one fatality. About 130,000 individuals are injured each year in truck collisions.
These numbers are not expected to decrease as about 20 percent more trucks were added to roads in 2012. Truck accidents continue to rise in states with high commercial truck traffic, which includes Florida, California, Texas, New York and Arizona.
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Source: Miami Herald, "1 saved, 1 dead in dangling truck," Feb. 7, 2013.