Prison Guard killed in Rear-end Crash on I-95

Florida (December 20, 2011)  A van driver for U.S. Prisoner Transport was killed when he rear-ended a tractor-trailer on I-95 in Brevard County.  The fatal accident occurred around 2:15 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 at mile marker 169 when a tractor-trailer was merging onto I-95 north from the Valkaria rest stop.

Jeffrey Farless, 47, a prison security guard was driving a 2009 Ford transport van north on I-95 in the left lane.  A tractor-trailer, driven by Agron Shembitrak, was merging into the outside lane from the Valkaria Rest Area when the van slammed into the rear of the semi.  The force of the impact caused the Ford to become wedged underneath the rear of the semi and was dragged several hundred feet until the vehicles came to rest on the right shoulder of Interstate 95 according to Sergeant Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Jeffrey Farless was pronounced dead at the scene, he was not wearing a seatbelt.

The van was not transporting any prisoners at the time of the accident, Farless was returning to the Melbourne office of U.S. Prisoner Transport when the wreck occurred.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident.  Speed may have played a role in the fatal accident.

One Thought on “Prison Guard killed in Rear-end Crash on I-95

  1. Lori McCart on December 26, 2011 at 8:40 am said:

    I miss you Uncle Jeff.

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