|Published:||Aug 27, 2010 7:45 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 27, 2010 4:45 PM EDT|
ORLANDO, Fla. - A UPS double tractor-trailer burst into flames after crashing into a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 4 in Orange County early Friday morning, causing major traffic delays and damaging numerous packages.
The tractor-trailer was headed westbound on I-4 near Fairbanks Avenue around 2 a.m. when the driver lost control and jackknifed before slamming into the SUV and the center median of the interstate. The driver said he had a mechanical problem, causing him to lose control.
"I thought I was dead," the driver of the SUV said. "I couldn't do anything until it was over, and it was a good 50 yards along this wall was the waiting time. I'm lucky as can be."
Both drivers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
One of the trailers overturned, and numerous UPS packages were damaged in the crash and by water as firefighters extinguished the blaze.
Officials said everything in one trailer was destroyed, but they are sifting through the second trailer to see if anything is salvageable.
An estimated 75 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the roadway.
Westbound lanes of I-4 were completely closed for about three hours. The interstate fully reopened after 7 a.m.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
UPS said the truck was going from Jacksonville to Ft. Myers.