One Dead in Okeechobee Road Semi-Truck Accident: FHP

Video of the scene showed debris on the road and several fire trucks

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012  |  Updated 6:40 PM EDT
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The crash occurred at about 5:30 a.m. and blocked the eastbound lanes of Okeechobee Road near the intersection with NW 112th Court. Joe Sanchez of the FHP described how one person whose cab was submerged under water was able to find an air pocket and survive.

The crash occurred at about 5:30 a.m. and blocked the eastbound lanes of Okeechobee Road near the intersection with NW 112th Court. Joe Sanchez of the FHP described how one person whose cab was submerged under water was able to find an air pocket and survive.

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Raw Video: One Dead in Okeechobee Road Semi-Truck Accident: FHP

The Florida Highway Patrol said one of the semi-trucks went over the road's guardrail.
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One person was killed in an accident involving two semi-trucks Tuesday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash occurred at about 5:30 a.m. and blocked the eastbound lanes of Okeechobee Road near the intersection with NW 112th Court.

The collision between the trucks ejected and killed one person from a cab that fell into a canal. A second person found an air pocket and was later rescued by dive teams, and someone else swam to safety, according to the FHP.

“It’s a sad situation any time that a life is lost,” said Joe Sanchez of the FHP. “It’s sad, and unfortunately these accidents happen every now and then and we’re here to investigate it.”

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Authorities said the collision cut one of the semi-trucks in half, spilling loads of sugar onto the road. They identified the driver of that 18-wheeler as Pedro Jose Gonzalez. A friend said he was lucky to be alive and did not have a scratch on him from the crash.

Video of the scene showed traffic shut down in all directions and debris on the road.

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