Dash Cam Video of Deadly I-75 Crash Released
Alachua County, Florida – Dash cam video of the horrific January 3, 2019 crash along I-75 that claimed the lives of five children and two truck drivers has been released.
The crash is one of the deadliest tractor-trailer involved accidents so far this year.
Recently released dash cam video shows the moments leading to the fatal ends for seven people including two truck drivers and five children, who were passengers on a church van from Louisiana.
The video is from a 2018 Freightliner tractor-trailer, driven by 49-year-old Douglas Bolkema of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bolkema was operating southbound in the far right lane along I-75 at approximately 3:41 p.m. when an out of control Eagle Express Lines big rig, driven by 59-year-old Steve Holland, and a sedan crossed the center divider from the northbound lanes.
Holland’s tractor can be seen smashing into the church van before continuing on across each lane and colliding with Bolkema.
Bolkema and Holland both perished in the crash.
Additionally, five children on-board the passenger van, 14-year-olds Joel Cloud and Jeremiah Warren, 13-year-old Cara Descant, 10-year-old Briena Descant, and 9-year-old Cierra Bordelan, also died in the terrible crash.
You can view the video below. Viewer discretion is advised.
9 Lawsuits Filed So Far
On Monday, July 29, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported a total of 9 lawsuits have been filed so far in the wake of the crash.
In the days immediately following the deadly accident, one lawsuit was quickly filed in Palm Beach County by a family member of one of the victims.
However, TNN has learned 8 more lawsuits were recently filed in Cook County, Illinois by victims’ family members as well as survivors.
Each suit names EEL as defendant and is seeking in excess of $50,000.
Additionally, each complaint requests a jury hear the case and make a determination as to the monetary damages above $50,000.
Each lawsuit remains in the discovery phase as both the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continue their investigations.
NTSB released its preliminary report in April.
You can read more about it HERE.
However, the NTSB said the accident is still under investigation in order to determine “probable cause” and “with the intent of issuing safety recommendations to prevent similar crashes.”
Further, the newly released dash cam video will play an important role into the investigation, according to the NTSB.
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