Trucker: Driver on phone caused violent wreck

(FOX 13 - WTVT) A semi-truck driver told police that a distracted driver in another car caused his big rig to jackknife and flip over in Florida.

The semi truck was driving near Bushnell, Fla., on I75 Friday morning when it happened. Another driver, busy on his or her cell phone, swerved into his lane.

The crash happened around 6:20 a.m. along southbound I-75 in Sumter County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, an older-model Saturn veered from the left lane into the right lane, where the semi-truck was driving.

The truck driver, identified as Richard W. Brook, swerved onto the shoulder to avoid the Saturn, but the truck hit the guard rail and jackknifed before rolling onto its passenger side.

Brook, 46, was not seriously injured but the crash blocked traffic for three hours.

Troopers said in the report that the driver of the Saturn, which kept on going, may have been busy with a cell phone.

"[Brook] observed the Saturn driver texting or talking on their phone due to the light of the phone screen in the still dark morning hours when the crash occurred," the accident report stated.


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Read more from our sister station FOX 13 in Tampa Bay.

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