An Uber driver involved in a brutal multi-fuel crash involving a fuel truck in October on I-95 in Delray Beach died Monday, relatives confirmed.
Carlos Molina, 62, died Monday at Ryder Trauma Center of respiratory failure, relatives told NBC affiliate channel WPTV-TV in Palm Beach. He was airlifted from Delray Medical Center after suffering second and third degree burns in the October 25 crash, which caused a major fire.
Five vehicles were involved in the accident, including a truck carrying fuel, and five were injured, three of them seriously.
The accident occurred approximately 1:15 PM and completely shut down the northern section of I-95. According to authorities, two passenger cars and a fuel tanker truck were traveling north at Exit 52 near Atlantic Avenue in the Delray Beach area.
The Florida Highway Patrol said a vehicle entered the truck’s travel lane and collided.
Carlos Cavidas, who witnessed the incident, told of the time. “It crashed into other cars, overturned and exploded right there. Two boys were seen getting out of the car right there and there it caught fire (…) It caught fire and it was terrible, it caught fire. Pile up.” All the smoke and lots of heat, the heat reached here”.
“It was upside down and it started making flames, apparently the one who was driving was able to escape and then explosions and explosions (…) People who came from north to south passed through a cloud of smoke,” Alejandra Cavidas recalled. Do, who was a witness to what has happened.
Emergency units managed to bring the fire under control, but witnesses who saw it from close quarters say it could have been worse.
Firefighter Brian Aparicio (26) was injured in the accident. Brian and his girlfriend Su Hanni were on their way to a cruise port in an Uber when the tanker truck overturned and caught fire.