Emmanuel Pierre-Louis of Davie, Florida was charged with reckless driving Friday, sources indicate. The charge was a result of the role Florida Highway Patrol says Pierre-Louis played in a three-car pileup on I-595. Pierre-Louis, 57, was taken to the Plantation Hospital for minor injuries after the collision; it appears as though everyone else was able to avoid hospitalization, though they may have sustained minor injuries. No arrests were made on the scene, but the FHP has launched an investigation into the incident. It is unclear if any of the parties involved in the accident will pursue a civil lawsuit against Louis.
Reports say the accident occurred at around 9:00 in the morning on the westbound portion of I-595. Pierre-Louis was driving his dump truck westbound when, for unknown reasons, he had to swerve to avoid hitting a tractor-trailer carrying a bulky generator. It is not clear whether the tractor was going under the speed limit of if Pierre-Louis was going over it, which may have contributed to the collision. In any case, when Pierre-Louis swerved, his truck clashed with the side of a Honda Accord driven by Bennett. The truck then struck the tractor-trailer and a fire broke out, sources indicate.
Louis was able to escape the burning vehicle and was taken to the Plantation Hospital for reported non-life threatening injuries. It is unclear if any other parties were injured. The financial repercussions of the crash have, as of yet, not been announced. Aside from damage to vehicles, the collision caused the westbound lanes of I-595 to come to a halt for more than two hours, backing traffic up as far back at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport. Reports say some vehicles were attempting illegal turns into the eastbound lanes as they waited, but Florida Highway Patrol responded, pulling over some of the traffic violators.
While Pierre-Louis’ accident did not incur any fatalities, not all accidents end that way. One man was killed in a Jacksonville, Florida accident Monday morning, sources indicate. George Thomas of Folkston, Georgia was the passenger in a vehicle driven by Alex Sweat that crashed on I-95. The accident occurred when Bruce Allen, the driver of a pickup truck, veered into Sweat’s vehicle, which was sent off road. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene and Sweat was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. Florida Highway Patrol said that charges are pending.
The accident took place about 4:00 in the morning, sources say. Thomas and Sweat were headed southbound on I-95 in a 2003 Ford pickup in the center lane. Allen, who was behind the wheel of a 2004 Ford pickup, was driving in the outer lane when, for reasons not specified in the report, he veered into the middle lane, striking a trailer that was attached to Sweat’s truck. The collision sent Sweat’s vehicle across the inner lane, where it collided with a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck, reports say.
Sweat’s truck then traveled off the highway and onto the shoulder before flipping over and coming to a rest near a tree line. When medical responders arrived on scene, they announced Thomas dead and rushed Sweat to the Orange Park Medical Center with critical injuries. Both men were wearing their seatbelts, sources say. Allen and the driver of the Chevy pickup truck did not sustain injuries. It is unclear whether alcohol or speed played a factor in the crash.