A 61-year-old Texas truck driver has died after his semi-truck veered off an overpass and crashed onto the railroad tracks below on Interstate 295 North at Pickettville Road in Jacksonville, Florida.
The incident: The accident which occurred on February 9 led to one northbound lane of I-295 being shut as authorities and CSX personnel worked on-site.
The response: Emergency services rushed the driver, who sustained critical injuries, to a nearby hospital but he did not survive. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Investigation underway: Florida Highway Patrol is scrutinizing the exact cause of the accident and the necessary cleanup efforts could be significant according to News4JAX.
The tracks owned by CSX, which are not part of a mainline but serve local industries, were damaged. CSX has stated that a team is ready to repair the tracks once clearances from investigations and cleanup operations are granted.
Impact: The crash not only affected rail services but also led to significant traffic disruptions on one of Jacksonville's major highways.
As the trucking community mourns the loss, the incident reminds us of the unpredictable dangers faced by drivers on the road.