As firefighters worked feverishly to free the driver from the mangled wreck of his truck, the man held fast to the hand of a rescuer, asking for reassurance that he wouldn't die.
Pinned from the waist down, his legs encased in twisted metal, Optaciano Adorna lay face down, trapped beneath the crushed roof of the cab of his overturned semitrailer truck. His truck had tumbled down the east side of the highway after he tried to avoid an accident on Interstate 95, still slick from a night of rain.
The wreck closed northbound lanes of I-95 for about five hours Monday morning, delaying rush hour commuters and backing up traffic for several miles.
Adorna's ordeal began about 5:05 a.m. just north of Commercial Boulevard, when a Tri-Rail minibus driven by Vainqueur Alexis, 42, of Fort Lauderdale sideswiped an International dump truck driven by Jos