Driver killed after rear-ending dump truck in Orange County

A 30-year-old Astatula man was killed in Orange County on Friday morning after his pickup truck rear-ended a dump truck.

The crash took place at around 5:35 a.m. on Friday, June 28, near the intersection of Jones Avenue and Jewel Foliage Road, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP stated that a dump truck was heading westbound on Jones Avenue, west of Jewel Foliage Road. A 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was also traveling behind the dump truck in the same lane.

A trooper noted in the report that the pickup truck was speeding as it entered the eastbound lane to pass another vehicle. As the pickup truck re-entered the westbound lane, the dump truck that was traveling ahead began slowing down.

Due to the pickup truck’s speed, the driver was unable to slow in time to avoid a collision. According to FHP, the front of the pickup truck proceeded to crash into the rear of the dump truck.

The pickup truck’s driver and sole occupant was transported to AdventHealth Apopka, where he was pronounced deceased. The report stated that he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The driver of the dump truck, a 38-year-old Eustis man, was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Earlier this month, two men were killed in a multi-vehicle crash involving a dump truck on State Road 417 in Orange County.

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