One person was sent to the hospital in a rollover accident in Palm Beach County that involved a pair of tractor-trailers carrying loads of sugar cane. The wreck occurred in Belle Glade on January 29.
A rollover vehicle accident is oftentimes a catastrophic event. When the rollover involves a tractor-trailer, semi-trailer, flatbed, 18-wheeler or another long-haul commercial motor vehicle, the outcome can be tragic.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 3,329 crashes involving heavy trucks in Florida in 2010, resulting in 1,821 injuries and 58 deaths.
According to The Palm Beach Post, the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crew was asked to respond to a rollover accident on Hatton highway and State Road 700 at approximately 8:25 a.m.
The crew arrived to find a pair of tractor-trailers hauling sugar cane involved in the wreck. According to Capt. Albert Borroto, fire rescue spokesman, although one of the two trucks rolled over on its side, all truck occupants were able to get out before help arrived. One person sustained minor injuries and was transported to Lakeside Medical Center.
In Florida, tractor-trailers are permitted by law to carry up to 88,000 pounds of cargo. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the estimated cost of a crash involving a truck that weighs more than 10,000 pounds is $91,112.