Leon County, Florida - April 20, 2012 - Noon
Cleanup is underway on I-10 after a semi truck overturned this morning. FHP Troopers say the driver fell asleep at the wheel. The truck crashed on I-10 west in Leon County, near the Thomasville Road (US-319) exit. 25 pallets of Coca-Cola products were in the trailer.
The semi truck driver is 37-year-old Terry Rigdon of Middleburg, Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Rigdon fell asleep at the wheel, ran off of the road into the grass median, over corrected to the right, and steered back hard left. The semi then over-turned on its right side. It came to a final rest on the north shoulder of I-10. Rigdon has minor injuries and is currently at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He was charged with careless driving.
Drowsy driving is something the Florida Legislature has tried to raise awareness about in the last few years. They passed the Ronshay Dugans Act after a drowsy truck driver crashed into the 8 year old's school bus, killing her.
Leon County, Florida - April 20, 2012 - 9:28am
According to Trooper Stallworth with FHP, the overturned semi contained 25 pallets of Coca-Cola products. FHP plans to close the road for cleanup later today. They have determined that the driver fell asleep, ran off into the grass median, over-corrected to the right and steered back to the left hard, causing the semi to turn onto its right side. The semi came to rest on the North shoulder of I-10.
The accident happened at 5:35am. The driver has minor injuries and is currently at TMH.
The driver was charged with Careless Driving.
Leon County, Florida - April 20, 2012 - 9am
A semi truck has overturned on the shoulder of I-10 westbound just past Mile Marker 206 between the 203 exit and the 209 exit. The cleanup will be a joint effort between the tow-company and Cardinal Trucking Company.
Eyewitness News has a reporter on the scene.