2 People Dead After Big Rig Fails To Stop At Traffic Light, Charges Pending
Lake County, Florida – Charges are pending against a trucker police say failed to stop at an intersection and rear-ended a passenger vehicle killing both people inside.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) was called to the scene of a fiery crash involving a tractor-trailer and 5 other vehicles on Friday at U.S. 27 and Lake Louisa Road.
According to Lt. Kim Montes with FHP, the crash happened at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Investigators said truck driver Robert Butcher, 63, of Silver Springs, was operating northbound along U.S. 27 when he failed to stop at a traffic light and plowed into the rear of a 4-door Nissan passenger vehicle setting off a fiery chain reaction crash.
The Nissan then struck a Ford pickup truck and the pickup then slammed into a 2017 Ford SUV. The Nissan then burst into flames, according to investigators.
The tractor-trailer overturned onto its side as it continued into the intersection and was struck by two southbound passenger vehicles before coming to rest blocking the southbound lanes, according to officials.
Lt. Montes said both the driver and passenger inside the Nissan perished at the scene. The identities of the deceased have not yet been released.
No other serious injuries were reported.
The crash left all north and southbound lanes blocked for seven hours as crews worked to clear the wreckage.
Investigators have not yet indicated what they believe led to Butcher’s failure to stop, but Lt. Montes confirmed charges are pending.
FHP said their investigation is ongoing.
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