Second body recovered after Tuesday’s icy I-10 crash

The body of a second tractor trailer driver was found Thursday, two days after a 5-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 sent a tractor trailer off the Blackwater Bridge and into the river below, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Tuesday evening crash involved four tractor trailers and a van pulling a U-haul trailer. Two tractor trailer drivers were missing after the crash.

The second driver, whose identity will be released after next of kin is notified, was recovered with the help of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, an FHP crash release reported.

The body of 49-year-old Donald Alexander of Bainbridge, Ga., was found in the cab of a submerged truck on Wednesday. He had been driving a 2002 Peterbilt tractor trailer, the FHP reported.

“The weather conditions were deteriorating at the time of the crash,” the report said.

The crash’s chain of events was not released by the FHP Thursday afternoon.

David Mattadeen of Palm Bay, a 56-year-old driver of a 1988 Ford tractor trailer, had minor injuries in the crash’s aftermath. He was not taken to a medical center, the FHP reported.

William J. Smith Sr., a 64-year-old driver of the van, was taken to Santa Rosa Medical Center along with his passenger, 85-year-old Dorothy Smith. Both of the Granbury, Texas, residents had minor injuries.

Murray Goetting of Mountainburg, Ark.., a 54-year-old driver of a 2012 Freight tractor trailer, was treated for minor injuries by emergency personnel responding to the scene.

The FHP is still investigating the crash.


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