It was breathtaking for all the wrong reasons: a pre-dawn t-bone crash on Palm Coast Parkway–the second in nine days–sent two drivers to the hospital with serious injuries and resulted in a mangled delivery truck and a pick-up truck in a ditch.
The crash was almost identical to the t-bone crash that took place just blocks away on Jan. 16, on Palm Coast Parkway and Pine Cone Drive. Two people were killed in that crash when a pick-up truck driving west on the Parkway blew through a red light and struck a sedan, sending both vehicles into the ditch on the south side of the Parkway.
In this case, only a utility pole stopped the delivery truck from ending up in the ditch. Instead, the delivery truck was knocked on its side and ended up partly wrapped around a concrete utility pole, from the force of the collision, its cargo of soda, ice tea, Rice Krispies Treats, potato chips and other junk foods spilling onto the southwest corner of the intersection.
The crash took place just before 5 a.m. when traffic is usually at its lightest in the city. According to a Florida Highway Patrol investigator at the scene, and based on preliminary indications, a Chevy Silverado pick-up truck was driving south on Belle Terre Parkway. The Canteen delivery truck was driving west on the Parkway. One of the two trucks blew through a red light, the investigator said.
The Silverado was damaged on its driver’s side, with its front left and side crushed in, though it looked almost intact on its passenger’s side. The delivery truck was unrecognizable, and ended up facing east, directly opposite the direction it had been traveling. The pick-up truck in the ditch was facing west.
A Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy was first on scene immediately after the crash, as she had been patrolling in the area. She saw the driver of the delivery truck struggle out of the cab of the truck, through the busted out windshield, and directed him to the side of the road to await paramedics. Paramedics stretched a ladder across the ditch to reach the driver of the pick-up, who was lifted out above the ditch and into the area of the CVS pharmacy parking lot before being placed into a Flagler County Fire Rescue ambulance. Both drivers were eventually taken to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach by ambulance. Volusia County’s Air One was in the air, but had to turn around due to fog.
The intersection was closed to traffic, though little traffic was impeded as the morning rush had not begun. The Palm Coast Fire Police directed traffic through nearby access roads. Palm Coast Fire Department personnel stood by well after the crash to ensure that the two tow-truck companies clearing the scene were able to do so safely (John’s Towing was removing the delivery truck, Saxon’s was removing the Chevy pick-up).
To bring the delivery truck back on its wheels, John Rogers of John’s Towing said at the scene, most its cargo had to be emptied, because it was top-heavy, which would delay the salvaging operation. The food it was carrying is a loss.
Identities of the two drivers were not immediately released. Charges are pending against at least one of them.
More images from the scene posting shortly.