The driver, 32 year old Glen Estien, was hauling a load of metal beams on his flatbed when a fire truck made to pull out in front of him. Estien slammed on his brakes, sending his load crashing through his cab, killing him instantly.
The intersection the fire station is on has a traffic light which turns red when a firefighter hits a button inside the station as they are supposed to do when pulling out onto the street. Witnesses say that the light never changed which may have caused Estien to have less time to react, forcing him to slam on his brakes.
Whether or not the driver had enough warning time, since there was no collision, the load should not have been able to shift so drastically. Investigators are looking in to who secured the load, and what they used to fasten it.
“In any normal situation, those beams should not come loose simply by applying the brakes,” said a spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol. “This truck struck no other vehicle. There was no other impact, so they should stay in place.”
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