Tow truck driver falls to death assisting tractor trailer accident in Florida

A tow truck driver was trying to help right a tractor trailer that had rolled over and was leaning on the ledge of an overpass on Florida’s I-95 early Wednesday morning when he accidentally fell to his death.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the tractor trailer had rolled over as it was preparing to exit the interstate near Boca Raton, just before 6 a.m. The truck was seen leaning on top of the ledge of the southbound Interstate 95 overpass, near Congress Avenue, when fire rescue crews and police arrived on the scene. The tow truck driver, who has not yet been identified, fell to his death just before 8 a.m.

“I don’t know how far he walked or exactly what he was doing, but at some point, he got to the edge and he stepped off, evidently, and that’s when he fell,” explained FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky. “We’re still trying to determine what exactly happened. I’m sure they’ll be interviewing the driver of the truck, also.”

Miami resident Adrian Figueredo of JJR Transport and Logistics has been identified as the driver of the tractor trailer. He was not hurt in the accident.

“If the trailer’s secure, it’s not going to go over on 95,” explained Wysocky, noting, “The majority of these things happen because drivers are possibly going too fast. I don’t know if that’s the case this time, but when exiting the highway, you need to reduce your speed.”

Witness Mike Godfrey told reporters that he’s seen a truck roll over on the interstate before. “About six months ago, there was another truck hanging over the other side,” he recalled, referencing a similar accident last August, which left a driver and his truck dangling over I-95 for hours before being rescued.

Five hours of delays ensued after three southbound lanes of I-95 were closed as officials secured the tow truck and tractor trailer in place during the investigation. The interstate re-opened around noon.

 

H/T: News 7 Miami

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