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Semi Kills Pedestrian in Early Morning Accident on I-10 [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Tallahassee Police Department Release; Deneige Broom Email
By: Tallahassee Police Department Release; Deneige Broom Email

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL September 17, 2012 - 2:35pm

An accident occurred at 5:10 am this morning, between a 2008 Peterbilt tractor, and a pedestrian.

The pedestrian was the driver of a Frie tractor trailer. The driver's name can not be released at this time. One more person, Anthony Hernandez of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, age 36, was in the sleeper berth at the time of the accident.

The Frie was parked in the eastbound emergency lane of I-10, facing east. The Peterbilt was eastbound on I-10 in the outside eastbound lane.

The driver of the Frie exited the vehicle (now becoming a pedestrian) and was standing in the emergency lane between the driver's side of the Frie and the eastbound outside lane of I-10. For unknown reason(s), the driver of the Peterbilt veered to the right and the right side of the Peterbilt (cab portion) collided with the left rear of the trailer of the Frie.

After impact with the trailer, the front of the Peterbilt collided with the pedestrian (driver of the Frie). The Peterbilt then entered a right side jack-knife. The Peterbilt slid to final rest blocking the eastbound lanes of I-10, becoming engulfed in fire. The pedestrian came to final rest lying in the inside eastbound lane of I-10. The Frie was pushed to the south from the impact and came to final rest in the grass on the south shoulder of I-10.

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Tallahassee, FL September 17, 2012 at: 9:36 am

We know at least one person is dead from the crash on I-10 we've been telling you about this morning.

A semi truck was involved in the crash around 5a.m. near mile 204.

Florida Highway Patrol and Tallahassee Police still have portions of the highway shutdown at Thomasvillle Road.

Traffic is being diverted onto Capital Circle NE.

We don't know the cause of the crash or if another vehicle was involved.

We'll keep you posted.

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Tallahassee, FL - September 17, 2012

In and effort to assist the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) is notifying the public that Thomasvillle Road and I-10 traffic is being diverted to Capital Circle.

A significant traffic crash occurred on I-10 just east of Thomasville Road at around 5 am this morning. The accident site stretches for approximately two miles as FHP conducts their investigation.


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