Juan C. Carballo, Candido Rodriguez, and Maria Grant were involved in a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida collision on Friday, news sources report. Carballo reportedly steered his cement pump truck into the path of Rodriguez and Grant’s vehicles, causing the collision. Carballo, 49, sustained minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Information on possible injuries sustained by Rodriguez, 64, and Grant, 47, was not immediately available at press time. Carballo has been charged with one count of careless driving in connection with the accident; it is unclear whether he has hired legal representation.
Reports say the accident occurred around 6:00 Friday morning on the Florida Turnpike near PGA Boulevard. Rodriguez was driving a cement transport vehicle owned by Cement Express, while Grant drove a U-Haul rental truck, sources say. Both were reportedly in the northbound lanes of the Turnpike. Carballo was in a cement pump truck owned by C&C Concrete Pumping in a construction zone on the side of the Turnpike, sources say.
According to reports, Carballo pulled out of the construction zone and into the northbound lanes, where he allegedly came to a stop and cut off all lanes of traffic. Rodriguez and Grant were unable to stop in time and collided with the side of Carballo’s truck. All three trucks proceeded to burst into flames, reports say.
Paramedics rushed Carballo to the Jupiter Hospital to be treated for minor injuries after the crash. Emergency crews shut down the north and southbound lanes of the Turnpike after the collision and extinguished the fire. The Florida Department of Transportation inspected an overpass that was partially burned by the collision’s fire and determined it was structurally sound.
Police began an investigation and charged Carballo with careless driving for pulling into Rodriguez and Grant’s path. It is not clear who owned the cement truck or the commercial truck.
In other news, two people were injured in a Pembroke Pines collision on Thursday, reports say. The accident occurred when a vehicle carrying two occupants struck a guardrail on Interstate 75. The driver sustained critical injuries and was air-rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment; the passenger sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital as well. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what conditions led to the crash.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 3:30 Thursday afternoon on Interstate 75 near Pines Boulevard. The Florida Highway Patrol says a car veered off the street and struck a guardrail under an overpass. It is not currently clear what caused the car to leave the street.
The passenger sustained minor injuries and was taken via ambulance to the Memorial Regional Hospital, sources indicate. The driver reportedly remained trapped in the car and emergency crews had to remove him using the Jaws of Life. One freed, the driver was transported via emergency helicopter to the Memorial Regional Hospital.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 20% of all traffic fatalities involve a vehicle leaving the road and striking a fixed object, such as a guardrail. The most common type of objects are trees, utility poles, and traffic barriers, the institute says.