Five people were killed, and two others were seriously harmed in a crash in Hernando County Monday morning.
The accident occurred around 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Citrus Way and Ponce De Leon Boulevard in Brooksville.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a box truck traveling southbound on Citrus Way failed to stop at the intersection of SR-700 and collided with a 2006 Chevrolet pickup towing a utility trailer traveling westbound on SR-700.
Five people in the pickup died.
Two people in the box truck were seriously injured. Both were airlifted to area hospitals.
According to troopers, it appears the victims in the pickup truck worked for a company in Polk County.
Everyday in Hernando County, box trucks, also known as delivery trucks, share the roadways with smaller passenger vehicles. Many major corporations including Fedex, UPS, Staples and others rely on these vehicles to help carry out their basic operations. In many cases, these delivery truck drivers are under strict deadlines, which can result in negligent driving errors. In other scenarios, companies may fail to perform the required maintenance checks for their fleet of delivery trucks, which can lead to equipment failure resulting in an accident.
Immediately following a delivery truck accident, a thorough investigation is required to determine the cause of the accident and determine who is responsible.
If you have been injured or lost someone you love in a box truck accident, please contact a Hernando County Truck Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton online or call us at 352-666-2121. Your consultation with us is free and without obligation. We handle all truck injury and death cases on a contingency basis, which means we only get paid if we recover money for you.