Two-Vehicle Crash on US 301 Kills 1
Marion County, FL (September 12, 2017) – An unidentified man was killed in a collision on U.S. 301 early Tuesday morning due to inoperable traffic lights in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that around 3:20 a.m. September 12, a 59-year-old man from Coffeeville, MS drove his 2011 Ford F-250 southbound on the road’s outside lane. As he approached SE 132nd Street Road, he failed to stop and crashed into the right side of the attached trailer of a westbound Peterbilt truck being driven by 30-year-old Tommy E. Ratton, of Lake Alfred.
As a result of the crash, the Ford truck was entangled under the trailer and rotated clockwise into the grassy median. After rotating, the truck came to a rest when it was released from the trailer.
The intersection had inoperable traffic signals due to Hurricane Irma, which caused the unavoidable accident.
First responders declared the unidentified driver dead at the scene around 3:33 a.m.
We extend our condolences to the family of the deceased.
If you are interested in taking your loved one’s death to court, you can speak to a Marion County wrongful death attorney to know what your options are. While no amount can bring him back, his death will not be in vain; especially in reckless driving circumstances. Give us a call at (305) 497-0132 to speak with an experienced attorney at Percy Martinez Law Office.