Drowsy Driver Causes Massive Crash At Florida Toll Booth

A drowsy driver caused a huge accident at a toll booth in Polk County, Florida, slamming their GMC Envoy into the back of a Chevrolet Silverado, propelling the pickup truck forward with a lot of force.

As a result, the Envoy ended up getting stuck underneath the Chevy, although its driver, who received a citation for careless driving from Florida Highway Patrol troopers, was nowhere near as injured as the driver of the Silverado.

ABC News reports that the 32-year old Silverado driver, one T.J. Lawson, was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with a broken leg. Unfortunately, he also suffered a seizure for which he had to be placed in intensive care.

“My heart as his sister like can you imagine the impact coming on you? You can’t even help yourself,” said Antayvia Lawson, adding that her brother was very confused following the crash.

“He was like totally lost, wondering what happened, why I’m here, what went on. He didn’t understand his leg was broke. He thought he was going to get up and walk.”

According to data released by the FHP, there have been 4,329 crashes due to drowsy driving last year, resulting in 28 fatalities. Polk County alone saw 28 crashes, a small sample size compared to the statewide numbers.

Troopers also say that toll booth accidents aren’t common, especially since the speed limit is 25 mph (40 km/h).

“The limited access roadways like our Suncoast Parkway, Veterans Expressway, Polk Parkway are generally relatively safe for the number of cars that go through there every day,” said Sgt. Steve Gaskins of the Florida Highway Patrol.

 

  • TheBelltower

    Because Florida

    • charlotteharry57

      Florida has NOTHING to do with this story. The accident could easily have happened anywhere.

      • TheBelltower

        It has a little bit to do with the story. Florida keeps itself in the news more than its fair share.

      • brn

        People just like to have things to make fun of.

        The reality is drowsy driving has been a problem across the world. In the US, it’s a bigger problem than drunk driving, but people don’t get as excited about it.

      • ksegg

        Lies. Where else but Florida would this happen.

        For all we know, in 2 hours we get a report of “tanker lands sideways and sits upside down on top of a building, after driver decides to wave hi to a passing cow”.

        Florida. Always Florida.

  • Paul

    Smooth move, ExLax.

  • KareKakk

    Toll booths are a thing of the past in Norway. Keep the usual speed through the toll border, cameras take pictures of the plates front&back, and the bill comes in the mail to the car owner within weeks or months. Or you have a subscription, with an RFID-thingie on the inside of the windshield, which is scanned while passing.

    • DMJ

      Yes. Here in the “retarded” south of europe, in Portugal, we actually invented and patented that in 1994, it’s called “Via Verde” (green lane). It´s connected to your bank account, no need to even care to pay. Now it’s common in other countries too. We can also pay for parking and fuel in the same way.

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