Truck Driver Loses His Life In Fiery 3-Semi Crash In Construction Zone
Updated: Friday, May 31 @ 10:00 a.m.
Boynton Beach, Florida – A truck driver perished after failing to stop and plowing into the back of another tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 early Thursday morning.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the crash happened at approximately 5:30 a.m. southbound near the Gateway Boulevard exit in Boynton Beach.
Two tractor-trailers were traveling southbound and began to slow for a construction zone.
A third semi failed to slow and struck the rear of one of the tractor-trailers causing a chain reaction crash.
Authorities said two of the semis immediately erupted into flames.
The driver of the tractor-trailer that smashed into the back of the others, 42-year-old Mark Allen Crockett, of Keystone Heights, perished at the scene.
Another truck driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to FHP.
Numerous rescue crews were sent to the scene to battle the fire, fuel spill and damage to the roadway itself.
Crews worked all morning to remove the charred remains of the burned trucks and making repairs to the asphalt pavement.
Southbound lanes were reopened at approximately 1:30 p.m., according to officials.
Investigators have not said what they believe led to the truck driver’s failure to stop.
Their investigation is ongoing.
We will continue to monitor any new developments.