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One Killed, One Injured in Accidents at Port Everglades

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Image courtesy Broward County Fire and Rescue

By MarEx 2016-10-11 20:24:55

One individual was killed and one injured in two accidents Monday at Port Everglades, Florida, both involving semi trucks. 

In the first accident, at about 1430 hours local time, a supervisor was driving a golf cart through the container yard at Sun Terminals. Her cart collided with a mule truck, a small tractor trailer used for hauling containers, and she was thrown from the vehicle. The truck ran her over, and first responders pronounced her dead at the scene.

The incident occurred between rows of stacked containers, a location without traffic signage. 

Authorities identified the deceased as Luisa Anderson, 40. The truck driver was named as Theoplous Wright, 55. 

Separately, several hours before, a yard mule with a container in tow flipped in the terminal, injuring the driver. He was taken to a nearby medical center for treatment. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating both incidents. 

The accidents Monday add to others involving heavy machinery at the port earlier this year. In February, a port terminal employee leaving work for the day was struck and killed by a semi truck that was just entering the yard. In April, a yard worker with Sun Terminals was critically injured when a forklift broke and dropped a large piece of metal on his leg, partially severing it. 

In 2013, two workers were killed at the port's Cruise Terminal 1 when their 40-foot-tall scissor lift fell over; one more was injured. The occupants of the lift were making repairs to a cruise ship gangway at the time of the accident.