Dump truck hit cars, hurt 11 near Daytona International Speedway, fire department says

Extent of injuries unknown

Thomas Somersall. (Image: Volusia County Sheriff's Office)
Thomas Somersall. (Image: Volusia County Sheriff's Office) (2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A driver was arrested after a dump truck hit several vehicles near the Daytona International Speedway, causing traffic delays, according to the Daytona Beach Fire Department.

A spokesperson with the department said there were 11 patients, three of whom were taken to the hospital. It is not clear how badly they were hurt.

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According to Daytona Beach police, the dump driver ran from the scene but was later arrested. Investigators said that driver — identified as Thomas Somersall, 46 — will be charged with multiple counts of hit and run.

Police said Somersall’s license had been revoked at the time of the crash because he had failed to pay a traffic fine.

Police could not say how many vehicles were involved in the wreck. Officers are investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash — though, according to the police report, a field sobriety test did not offer any indicators that Somersall was under the influence.

Eastbound traffic on International Speedway Boulevard was slowed down as a result of the crash.