One person was killed in a six-vehicle Manatee County accident Friday.
Around 4:10 p.m. Wadel Jones, 61, from New Orleans, failed to stop his semi-truck while traveling northbound on Interstate 75 at mile marker 224, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Wadel hit a 2005 Ford van being driven by 24-year-old Chad Ryan Boron of Sarasota, the patrol said.
Troopers say they’re awaiting toxicology results to determine if alcohol was involved.
The impact to Boron’s van caused him to rotate and strike a concrete barrier, the highway patrol said. Boron sustained minor injuries, troopers said. His passenger, 30-year-old Christopher Michael Atwood, from Sarasota, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital.
The semi continued moving north and struck the back of a third vehicle, a 1998 Lincoln Navigator, troopers said. The vehicle was fully engulfed in fire. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The highway patrol has not released the victim’s name.
Troopers said the Navigator and a 2014 Ford Fusion, which was sideswiped by the semi, were both stopped on the shoulder. The driver of the Fusion, 48-year-old Martin Shaun Hall of Nokomis, was not injured, troopers said.
Still traveling north, the semi hit the rear of a 2003 Ford Windstar, the highway patrol said. The driver, 41-year-old Monica Vivian Cavalieri and an 11-year-old passenger, both of Palmetto, were both uninjured, troopers said.
Troopers said the semi then struck a 2008 Toyota Highlander driven by 28-year-old Samantha Allison Dressel. The Highlander spun and hit the front of the semi. Dressel, and a 1-year-old passenger, both of Parrish, were uninjured, the patrol said.