Madison Man Rear-Ends Coke Truck

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By Fran Hunt
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A Madison man was seriously injured last week after rear-ending a Coke truck.
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reported that on July 7 at 2:51 p.m., Joseph Chester Schwab, 87, of Madison, was driving a 2006 Pontiac Grand Am traveling westbound in the right lane of travel on I-10, at the 217 mile-marker, in Monticello.
Julius Thomas Bertram, 45, of Tallahassee, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado commercial Coke truck, traveling westbound in the right travel lane, ahead of Schwab.
Bertram was decreasing speed due to traffic backing up because of road construction around the 214 westbound mile-marker.
The front of Schwab’s vehicle collided with the rear of Bertram’s vehicle and then traveled northwest across the north apron and north shoulder of the Interstate, where the front right of the vehicle collided with a concrete barrier. The vehicle came to rest facing northwest on the paved shoulder.
Bertram’s vehicle came to rest facing in a northerly direction on the north paved shoulder.
FHP did not deem the crash to be alcohol-related.
Schwab was wearing a seatbelt and was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
Bertram was wearing a seatbelt and uninjured.
Schwab’s vehicle sustained $6,000 damage.
Bertram’s vehicle sustained $2,000 damage.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Jefferson County Fire Rescue EMS assisted FHP Trooper E. Summer on the scene.
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