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[UPDATE] One Dead After Fiery Semi Truck Accident in Madison County

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] Madison, Florida - May 1, 2012 - 9:50am

The unidentified driver that died in a April 20th accident in Madison County has been identified as Edward Gene Schreffler, 52 years of age from Ocala, Florida.

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[UPDATE] Madison, Florida - April 20, 2012 - 8:30pm

According the Florida Highway Patrol, two semi trucks were involved in a deadly early morning crash in Madison County. A semi truck and trailer was traveling northbound on State Road 53. The driver's identity has not yet been released. Another semi truck and trailer, driven by 48-year-old John Geiger of Branford, Florida, was traveling southbound on SR-53.

For unknown reasons, the semi driven by the unidentified driver entered the southbound lane and the left side of the truck struck the left side of Geiger's vehicle.

After impact, the unidentified driver's vehicle "jackknifed", caught on fire, and slid to a stop. That vehicle came to rest facing northerly on the west shoulder.

Geiger's vehicle overturned after impact and came to rest across SR-59 on its passenger's side.

The full report can be found in PDF format above.

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Madison, Florida - April 20, 2012 -

Story and pictures provided by Patrick Lightcap

On Friday, April 20, 2012 shortly after 1:00 AM, the Madison 911 Center received several calls about a tanker truck on fire on Hwy 53 South. Responding units from Madison Fire Rescue, Lee Fire Rescue, Madison County Sheriff's Office, Madison County Emergency Medical Services, and the Florida Highway Patrol found a tanker fully involved. An additional semi was located about 150 yards south of the fire completely across the highway on its side. The scene was located at 15072 South Highway 53. A search for the drivers revealed one of the drivers was deceased and the other was having chest pains and was treated by EMS personnel. FHP will be in charge of the traffic homicide investigation. The actual location is between I-10 and the Madison-Lafayette county line. The Florida Department of Transportation was requested to the scene because of the amount of debris and the road being completely blocked in both directions.


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