One man might face charges after an auto transport carrier overturned on Old Kings Road at Graham’s Swamp. The truck was carrying seven sedans before it wrecked and also caused another driver to swerve into a guardrail. The accident happened at around 10:30 am and luckily nobody sustained major injuries.
The driver of the truck, Jorge Luis Ramos Mora suffered a laceration around his eye but declined medical attention. Lydia Kefalidou claimed that it seemed as though the truck was driving much faster than the speed limit which caused it to overturn. To avoid the collision she had to intentionally crash her own vehicle into the guardrail.
As for the cargo, all seven sedans were damaged. There was also a motorcycle on board which was the only thing that did not get damaged. One car was ejected off of the transport carrier completely.
Mora may be faced with charges for multiple violations. The Palm Coast Fire Department, Flagger County Fire Rescue, Flagger County Sheriff’s Department and Palm Coast fire Police all responded to the scene. A reporter was on scene as well but did not get to speak with Jorge Mora.
Investigators have yet to find out if Mora was using Old Kings Road to avoid the weigh station on I-95. Due to a prior history of this, The Department of transport had to install cameras on the interstate to prevent this evasive behavior. The preliminary investigation states that the trailer swept across both lanes of Old Kings Road. It also states that Mora lost control of the truck by failing to negotiate a turn going southbound.
Lydia Kefalidou says “I thought he was going to kill me”. Her decision to swerve into the guardrail proved to be a wise choice because it more than likely saved her life. Trucks are not supposed to use Old Kings Road, but for whatever reason Mora decided to take that route.
The name of his passenger is not available at this time and no statement was gathered from that individual either. Mora was said to be pacing around the scene talking on his cell phone. The scene was not cleared until investigators ensured everyone one safe and there were no more potential hazards. It was about two hours before a steady flow of traffic was restored.
Even though no statement was received by Mora or his passenger, Kefalidou can attest to the fact that safety was obviously not on Jorge Mora’s mind. Investigators still have yet to find out what exactly caused the wreck, but they believe it to be negligence on the trucker’s behalf. Traffic was required to head back south until the scene was cleared.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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