Truck accidents are common on US 27. However, an accident this morning was strange even by US 27 standards.
The accident began June 7, 2012 at about 4:00 a.m. On the afore mentioned date and time Rafael Ferrer Rodriguez, was driving south on U.S. 27, just north of Griffin Road, when he pulled over to check his tires. Rodriguez moved to the shoulder of the two-lane highway, which has a narrow paved stopping area that extends into a grassy slope. Unable to park completely off the road, Rodriguez stepped out to put an emergency signal near the rear of his trailer.
As he went to the back of the truck, he saw another tractor-trailer speeding toward him in the right lane of highway, which has a 65 mph speed limit.
Jose Soto Perez, 27, of Wimauma, Fla., was driving south when he struck the left side of Rodriguez’s stationary trailer, and both semis burst into flames. The parked trailer swung to the west side of the road and struck Rodriguez.
Incredibly enough Rodriguez was not injured. Perez was taken to Broward Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale and was treated and released.