Broward County, Florida – A Broward County truck accident claimed the life of a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue lieutenant Saturday evening.
Forty-three year old Tony Falzarano of Plantation was killed when his 2008 Mini Cooper collided with a tractor-trailer on the Sawgrass Expressway according to FHP.
Falzarano was a rescue lieutenant with Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue.
The fatal truck accident occurred just after 7 p.m. Saturday in the northbound lanes of the Sawgrass Expressway just south of Atlantic Boulevard.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the truck, had pulled over onto the shoulder because of a blown tire. The truck driver, 38 year old Ricardo A. Duran Parra, of Loxahatchee called his supervisor and was told to drive the truck to the Atlantic Boulevard exit and wait there.
Duran Parra told investigators that he checked for traffic and pulled back into the right lane. He said he didn’t see the Mini Cooper, and ”all he felt was the impact upon traveling in the right lane,” FHP said.
The front of the Mini Cooper collided with the left rear of the tractor-trailer. Falzarano’s injuries proved to be fatal.
Falzarano had worked for fire-rescue for approximately 9 years, most recently as a rescue truck supervisor, according to Palm Beach County fire-rescue Captain Don DeLucia.
There were no witnesses to the crash.
While truck accidents are particularly devastating compared to accidents involving only passenger cars, the results are almost always catastrophic when the other vehicle involved in the crash is one of the smallest passenger cars on the road. A fully loaded semi tractor-trailer can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds making a collision with a passenger car a mismatch.
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