Algie Omar Clark of Miami, Florida was just identified as the man killed in an Interstate 95 bakery truck accident that occurred on February 6, sources say. The driver of the truck, 43-year-old Buenaventura Fernandez, is currently recovering from the accident. As of now, it does not appear as though charges have been filed. It remains to be seen whether Clark’s family will choose to file for damages.
Sources indicate that the fatal crash occurred at around 5:30 a.m. on February 6th. Fernandez, a driver for a Miami-based bakery called Tracy Bakery, was making a delivery to Tampa at the time. He was driving a truck owned by the company. Sources suggest that Clark, 37, was accompanying Fernandez on the delivery, but that he did not have authorization to do so and was not employed by the bakery. It does not appear as though the bakery has released an official statement pertaining to the death. Fernandez reportedly has retained a position at the bakery, but no longer drives delivery trucks.
The crash occurred as Fernandez was taking the State Road 84 exit off of Interstate 95. He allegedly misjudged a left-hand turn and ended up smashing through a barrier wall, leaving the truck precariously wedged 50 feet in the air between the wall and debris. Rescue workers used a combination of ropes and a ladder to get Fernandez to safety. Fernandez suffered minor injuries in the crash, for which he was treated at Broward Health Medical Center, sources say. “He’s in a great deal of pain, mentally and physically,” a worker at the company purportedly told the press in the aftermath of the crash. “It is just a terrible situation.”
Clark reportedly died in the cab of the truck, and his body was later extracted from the vehicle. Clark’s identity had been withheld from the public in the hopes that police would be able to locate his family members. In the end officials were unable to do so, and therefore they released his name in the hopes that his relatives would come forward.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing, sources report. At this time officials do not suspect that alcohol or other controlled substances were factors in the accident; rather, they seem to be considering the possibility that excessive speed may have led to the crash.
City repair staff has quite the project on their hands repairing the broken barrier, sources say. The truck reportedly leaked hydraulic fluid and fuel as it sat high over the road and grass below, and the Florida Department of Public Transportation has to clean the area before repairs can take place. Sources say that the agencies responsible for cleanup and for repairs are separate, so the process may be slow. For now, the 10-foot hole in the barrier has been closed with a temporary plastic sheet and plywood.
“We can’t do anything until [the Florida Department of Environmental Protection] gives us the all-clear,” a Department of Public Transportation official reportedly commented. The dirt that absorbed the toxins will reportedly be exhumed soon, opening the door for the Department of Public Transportation to repair the barrier.
Sources: 2.15.13 Bakery Truck Crash.pdf.