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FORT MYERS, FL – A driver narrowly escaped being fatally injured in a truck accident that occurred Tuesday afternoon, April, 27, 2010, in Lee County, Florida. The accident occurred when the semi truck’s cab got caught on an electrical utility wire on State Road 82 east of Interstate 75, near the Forum Shopping Center in Fort Myers, FL. The area is in the southwest section of the state, 126 miles south of Tampa-St. Petersburg and 156 miles northwest of Miami, FL.

Police and emergency workers responded to the truck accident scene and found that the driver had narrowly escaped injury and was able to walk away.

On Tuesday afternoon driver Jorge Sosa was westbound in his 18 wheeler on State Road 82, headed to Lehigh to pick cargo that he would then take to a destination in Miami. At the same time utility crews with the Florida Power and Light Company were working on power lines on State Road 82 just east of the Forum Shopping Center.

As Mr. Sosa drove his semi trailer truck through the area where the FPL crews were working one of the metal wires got caught on the top section of the rig’s cab. According to the truck driver he suddenly felt something pulling at the truck’s roof and heard what sounded like the windshield breaking.

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Mr. Sosa hunched down in his seat and said he felt the metal utility wire graze over the top of his head. The FPL utility wire sliced completely through the top of the trailer truck’s cab roof.
Authorities believe that if Mr. Sosa had not crouched down when he did he would likely have been decapitated in the truck accident. FPL believes that the utility wire had been previously hit, and that is why it was hanging low enough to catch on the 18 wheeler’s cab.

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Police and emergency workers responded to the truck accident scene and found that the driver had narrowly escaped injury and was able to walk away.

The truck accident did cause damage to the metal utility wire and more than 3800 FPL customers lost electrical power for about thirty minutes.

The truck accident caused delays on Route 82 as police secured the area around the FPL electrical wire to prevent any injuries to the FPL crew or passing traffic.

At this time there are no charges and the truck accident is still being investigated.


For more information about Florida trucking laws, truck injury causes and victims rights, contact nationwide truck accident attorneys Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP for expert advice. For a free initial consultation, talk to a FL truck accident lawyer at 800.773.6770.

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