[UPDATE] Overturned Semi on I-10 Near Mile Marker 206

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

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.

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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.

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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.


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  • by Lowell Mason Location: tallahassee on Apr 21, 2012 at 08:23 PM
    This is an unfortunate incident,the driver is innocent until proven guilty by the findings of the root cause investigation.The important part is that no one was seriously injured.
  • by Teresa Location: tallahassee on Apr 21, 2012 at 06:20 PM
    Anon; you don't know Terry and you do not know what you are talking about!! He doesn't know yet if he has lost his job. He is recovering at home with his family. Please respect our family and keep your stupid comments to yourself. You have no idea what this has done to Terry.
  • by Chicken gutz on Apr 21, 2012 at 02:29 PM
    Things go better with Coke!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 21, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    Driving drowsy should be charged the same as DUI for ALL drivers of ALL motorized vehicles.
  • by Anon... on Apr 21, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    First of all, the driver did lose his job!! Yes I agree this driver should have pulled over, called his dispatcher and said I cant drive anymore im too tired, the most that would have happened is maybe a write up or something!! But, what I want to know is when is dispatching going to relieze that they cant push driver, they need their rest too... They drive on public roads and not only is their own lifes at stake but the lives of others!!!!!!
  • by Teresa Location: Tallahassee on Apr 21, 2012 at 08:46 AM
    This man is my brother- in - law. I am thankful he did not injure anyone besides himself. I am grateful that he will be ok. He always thinks of others before himself. Do not judge , you do not know this man, I DO!!!!! It is hard for truck drivers, they get paid by the mile. Drive more and more miles is the only way to make money. The companies only care about how fast you can get their merchandise somewhere, not about how hard they push the drivers.
  • by Krissy on Apr 21, 2012 at 05:04 AM
    You can always find another job but never get your life back once it's gone and I don't remember reading anything about him losing his job just being charged with careless driving hopefully his employer will understand
  • by bobby on Apr 20, 2012 at 06:05 PM
    if you are tired and sleepy,dont drive. stay home or get some sleep before you drive. its not that hard to do. it is so dangerous and you can kill someone not just jeopardize your life.
  • by Been there Location: Florida on Apr 20, 2012 at 04:16 PM
    First of all you are blaming the wrong people..in order to keep his job,he has to do what his company and the receiver tells him to do.If, you don't do what your company tells you to do,then you would lose your job.I am sure it is hard for people to understand this, who has never been in trucking.Yes, I agree he should have gone to bed but he was trying to keep his job!Now, he doesn't have a job to takecare of his family because the bosses said go go go, you can't be LATE!
  • by LC2 on Apr 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM
    I'm glad he didn't hit a truck of mentos.
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      by HA on Apr 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM in reply to LC2
      LOL!
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