A fatal truck crash occurred on southbound Interstate 75, just north of Ellenton, when a truck driver crashed his truck on the overpass, at I-75 at 69th Street East. The deadly South Florida truck accident took place on Monday, July 9, 2012, just south of the junction with I-275 in northern Manatee County.
The Florida Highway Patrol stated that the crash was reported around 3:10 p.m., and the truck driver was ejected from his cab during this wreck. Sadly, the driver was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and died in this Manatee County truck accident.
Police confirmed that the driver was traveling in a large tow vehicle when a front tire on his truck blew out and caused him to lose control of the vehicle. When this happened, it caused the truck to veer onto the right shoulder of the road, travel up an embankment, hit the overpass, and overturn onto its side, scattering debris from the load across the lanes.
Scott Edward Hinchliffe, 46, of Madeira Beach, was identified as the driver who died in this wreck. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, he died at the accident scene.
Early reports indicated that the overpass may have been compromised due to the wreck. Because of this, DOT was on the scene and all lanes closed at one point. Later, one lane was reopened for traffic. Detours were put in place at Buffalo Road westbound to Moccasin Wallow Road and eastbound from Ellenton Gillette Road to Moccasin Wallow Road. For several hours following the crash, two of the three right-hand lanes of southbound I-75 were closed at mile marker 228; however, all lanes re-opened later that evening.
Officials reported that the tow truck involved in this crash suffered $50,000 in damage.
Our Sarasota accident attorneys at the Mallard Law Firm extend condolences to the family and friends who lost Mr. Hinchliffe.