One fatal car accident is picking up steam on social media as folks compare it to a “Final Destination 2” scene. Earlier this week, a woman died after crashing into a semi-truck carrying wooden logs.
Sourcing the Florida Highway Patrol, WSFA12, and USA Today report that the accident happened on Tuesday (July 18) at 12:45 a.m. Media and FHP have not named the 25-year-old, but she was reportedly from Fernandina Beach. It appears that she was traveling alone during the crash.
She reportedly drove an SUV heading east on State Road 200 through Nassau County, about 22-25 miles north of Jacksonville.
Woman Crashed Into Back Of Semi-Truck With Logs After Failing To Maintain A “Safe Distance”
Police reports described the woman driving in the outside lane behind a semi-truck carrying logs. After she hit the truck at a traffic light, the logs loosened and fell on and into her vehicle. Officials say she did not “maintain a safe distance” from the semi-tractor (a truck with an attached trailer) and hit it with the front of her SUV.
Emergency officials transported her to the University of Florida Health Hospital–where she later died. There is no public information about the driver’s sober status or exact travel speed during the crash.
It’s also unclear if the semi-truck driver was harmed during the crash.
National Highway Safety Administration Kicks Off “Operation Southern Slow Down”
The July 18 accident comes during the kick-off week of the annual National Highway Safety Administration campaign “Operation Southern Slow Down.” It started in 2017 and spans multiple states, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. From July 17 to July 22, ticketing officials are citing drivers who exceed the speed limits across interstates.
Florida, in particular, is buckling down. Last year, 10.5 percent of the crash fatalities in the state came from speeding. That’s about 368 deaths out of the 13,296 crashes in the state in 2022, per the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Today, FHP and FDOT announced “Operation Southern Slow Down” to combat drivers who speed recklessly and endanger others on the road.
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