Truck Crash's Odd Victim: a Shark

4 sandbar sharks were being transported from Florida to Coney Island
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2015 10:17 AM CDT
Truck Crash's Odd Victim: a Shark
An unrelated sandbar shark.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Christine Shepard)

One died, three survived. That was the outcome for four sandbar sharks being hauled from Marathon, Fla., to an aquarium in Coney Island, NY, after the truck they were in crashed during a storm on Interstate 95 yesterday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol tells Florida Today. The semitrailer blew a tire, causing the truck to veer off into a ditch and send one of the sharks flying out on impact, reports WESH.

The driver and two passengers inside the truck weren't injured, but one shark died. SeaWorld workers showed up on the scene to pull the three remaining sharks out of the wreckage and into individual tanks, WKMG reports. "They're in good condition," one of the rescuers told the station. "Nothing different from normal transport stress." The survivors were said to be brought to SeaWorld to spend the night and will be shipped up to New York when new transport plans are arranged. (More Florida stories.)

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