Driver complains of pain after truck-vs-car accident

From Local Sources

FERDINAND — A driver said his foot slipped off his truck’s brake pedal and onto the accelerator after a truck-versus-car collision Saturday morning on Ferdinand’s east side.

Jeffery Eckstein, 60, Jasper, was northbound on Vienna Drive in a 2013 Ford F-150 when the 9:10 a.m. accident occurred at State Road 264, according to the Ferdinand Police Department.

Eckstein stopped at the highway and was waiting for a westbound 2015 Ford Fusion to pass by when his foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator.

Police said the Eckstein truck shot into the intersection and hit the driver’s side front door area of the Fusion, which was driven by Bruce Guillaume, 57, Ferdinand.

Guillaume complained of neck discomfort, according to police, who added that Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department first responders and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services were called to the scene. Guillaume declined to be transported to the hospital by ambulance, police said.

Damage was estimated at $3,000 to each vehicle, but only the Guillaume Fusion was towed from the scene.

Ferdinand police said both drivers had been wearing seat belts, which was believed to have reduced injury.

No citations were issued, but police faulted Eckstein for the accident.

A Berg’s Garage wrecker also assisted.

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