Fog to blame for pileup on Florida highway

| 3/9/2006

Two people remained hospitalized Thursday, March 9, after a series of chain-reaction wrecks on a south Florida highway two days earlier. 

The wrecks – which occurred during dense morning fog on U.S. 27 in Palm Beach County – involved eight semis and four other vehicles.

An official with the Florida Highway Patrol told “Land Line Now” that the incident started when one trucker crossed the center line on the four-lane highway and was hit head-on by another truck.

Debris from the second truck caused other trucks and cars to crash, and when a tanker truck that had pulled over was hit by another truck, it exploded in flames.

No one was killed in the wreck, but six people were hospitalized, including a trucker who was trapped in his cab for three hours.

No charges have been handed down in the ongoing investigation, according to the Florida Highway Patrol official.

-- Land Line staff