Video: Road Ranger's truck hit while assisting at I-4 crash scene

10 vehicles involved in 5 crashes at Fairbanks curve

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A driver careened and crashed into the vehicle of a Road Ranger who was assisting at the scene of a crash on Interstate 4 near Fairbanks Avenue Thursday morning.

The Road Ranger's vehicle was parked near a barrier wall where authorities had the scene of a crash blocked off with safety cones, when video showed a gray SUV careening toward the parked vehicles.

A gray sedan is seen skidding behind the SUV, but it comes to a full stop before crashing into anything.

The video shows the SUV swerve and crash into the barrier wall on the right side of the road then swerve again and smash into the bed of the Road Ranger's truck.

The SUV comes to a final rest at the barrier wall at the left side of the road.

The video ends as several people in bright yellow safety vests approach the SUV and signal for oncoming I-4 traffic to stop.

Officials from the Florida Highway Patrol said that crash was caused when the Toyota sedan lost control and struck an SUV in the left lane, causing both vehicles to travel into the closed lane.

The driver of the SUV, 60-year-old John Prudence, suffered minor injuries. The driver of the sedan, 54-year-old Daniel O'Connor, was ticketed for driving too fast, troopers said.

Orange County Fire Rescue said the first crash that the Road Rangers were assisting at happened at 8:24 a.m. at I-4 and Fairbanks Avenue.

Those crashes were just two of the five crashes involving 10 vehicles at the Fairbanks curve Thanksgiving morning, according to officials from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The first crash was at 8:20 a.m. when a vehicle crashed into a guardrail on I-4 at Fairbanks Avenue, troopers said.

Details of the other two crashes were not immediately available.

All in all, six people were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries, according to FHP.

News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero reminds Central Floridians who are traveling for Thanksgiving to remain vigilant and stay safe, particularly on slick roads.

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