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ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – A truck driver was injured Wednesday night, July 28, when his semi trailer truck jack knifed and crashed on a highway in St. John’s County, Florida. The truck accident occurred after the trailer broke apart and the driver lost control of the 18 wheeler near a Wal-Mart on U.S. Highway 1, just west of the city of St. Augustine, FL. The accident area is in the northeast corner of the state about 104 miles north of Orlando, FL and about 181 miles south of Savannah, Georgia.

The semi trailer jack knifed and crashed on the west shoulder of the old highway.

At around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night 54 year old truck driver Steve Anderson of Jacksonville, FL was driving a semi trailer truck south on Old Moultrie Road, also known as County Highway 5A, in St. John’s County, west of the city of St. Augustine. The trailer of the truck was loaded with cases of Coca Cola and other beverages.

As the semi truck traveled behind the Wal-Mart on U.S. Highway 1 in the area near Southpark Boulevard the trailer of the 18 wheeler broke open in the center. The force of the break apparently shifted the load and threw the tractor trailer off balance. The semi trailer jack knifed and crashed on the west shoulder of the old highway, its broken trailer lying across the southbound lanes of the highway.

No other persons or vehicles were involved in the truck accident.


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Florida Highway Patrol and emergency workers responded to the scene of the truck accident. The driver, Mr. Anderson, sustained minor injuries in the rollover collision. He was treated and stabilized at the scene before being transported to nearby Flagler Hospital. The details of his injuries and his current condition have not been released.

Florida Highway patrol and local police shut down a section of Old Moultrie Road between State Road 312 and Lewis Point Road, diverting traffic around the truck accident site. A second large trailer truck was brought to the site and crews worked for several hours to transfer the cases of Coke and other beverages from the crashed truck to the second 18 wheeler. Once the cargo was transferred a heavy duty wrecker towed the disabled trailer truck off the highway. The job would take most of the night and the highway was finally reopened for traffic at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Investigators conducted a reconstruction of the one truck collision and examined the trailer truck to determine the reason the trailer began to break open. It is not known at this time if the semi trailer was damaged prior to Wednesday night’s truck accident.

Authorities have not brought any charges or citations at this time and the truck accident remains under investigation.

For more information about Florida trucking laws, truck injury causes and victims rights, contact nationwide truck accident lawyers 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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