If you spend much time on the Interstate, you undoubtedly have seen the aftermath of horrific crashes like the one that occurred earlier this month on I-95 at the Flagler-St. Johns County line. That wreck was typical of the carnage that results from an 18-wheeler plowing into stopped cars, either because of the truck driver’s inattention or fatigue.
Crews last week installed video cameras on both sides of U.S. 1 between Royal Palms Parkway and Whiteview Parkway as part of a $1.2 million project to monitor the weight of large trucks. Additional cameras will go up by the northbound lanes of U.S. 1, near the weigh station.
A 30-foot moving truck owned by the “Two Men and a Truck” company overturned and slammed on its side, blocking the on-ramp to I-95 southbound at State Road 100 in Palm Coast Thursday evening.
Truckers like using box stores’ parking lots as rest stops. Store managers haven’t objected and nearby restaurants love it. But Palm Coast is cracking down on the practice at council member Bill Lewis’s urging, though another council member says it’s not been an issue.
One semi was carrying a full load of lumber planks. Another was carrying huge steel beams. The crane truck was clipped from behind during the chain wreck. One driver was injured.