Semi-truck crashes into road crew safety vehicle on I-10

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 11, 2017

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- A semi-truck was involved in a crash with a road crew safety vehicle on Interstate 10 early Wednesday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened at 5:30 a.m. on I-10 westbound near mile marker 236 in Madison County.

The crash report states that Reynaldo Sautie, 45, was driving a semi-truck westbound on the outside lane of I-10. A road crew safety vehicle was also in the outside lane, stopped with its arrow board lights operating to direct traffic to the inside lane.

The vehicle was the last of several vehicles working on the roadway, painting a white stripe at the lane edge.

Troopers say Sautie failed to see the warning lights or the stopped vehicle until the last second. He then swerved left to avoid the collision. The right front corner of the semi-truck struck the left rear of the vehicle’s arrow board crash attenuator extension, causing the semi-truck to spin clockwise.

Both vehicles jackknifed and slid onto the median of I-10 with the front of the semi-truck coming to a stop partially in the inside lane.

Madison Fire Rescue says the crash also caused upwards of 50 gallons of diesel fuel to leak from the semi-truck onto the road.

Both drivers and a passenger in the vehicle escaped without injury. FHP cited Sautie for failure to use due care.

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