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Tractor-trailer hits truck, causes ripple effects, injuries, FHP says

POLK COUNTY- A Lorida resident who was driving a tractor-trailer and failed to "move over" hit two parked trucks on State Road 60 Tuesday morning, and the domino effect injured a pedestrian, a Florida Highway Patrol report states.

The driver of the 2012 Volvo truck, Andrew Walter Cook, 32, was reported to be in serious condition at Bartow Regional Hospital, authorities say.

Cook was going west on State Road 60 in the outside lane and did not "move over" for the two vehicles parked in the outside lane for road maintenance, the FHP reports.

One of the trucks, a 1996 International, belonged to the Department of Transportation, and the other, a 2009 International, was parked in front of the FDOT truck with Department of Corrections trustees working to patch the road, authorities said.

The front of Cook's tractor-trailer struck the left rear of the FDOT truck. Upon impact, the Volvo ended up in the inside lane, traveled around the FDOT truck, and re-entered the outside lane in front of the FDOT truck, which, in turn, struck the second truck in the rear, the FHP says.

The second International was unoccupied but a pedestrian was hit when that happened, the FHP says. The second truck also over-turned on its right side, blocking the eastbound lanes of State Road 60, the FHP adds.

The tractor-trailer ended up on the south shoulder and suffered $35,000 in damages.

The pedestrian, Alton Edward Williams, 54, Lakeland, was reported to be in serious condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, authorities say.

The driver of the FDOT truck, Ambres Lee Hurst, 52, of Winter Haven, had minor injuries, the FHP adds. The 1996 International had $7,500 in damages, the FHP says, while the 2009 International had $25,000 in damages.