The accident happened Feb. 15 in the southbound lanes on Interstate 95 near Southwest Seventh Street.
Investigators said driver Kaseem Smith was distracted for a moment and hit an inside wall twice. When he overcorrected, the truck smashed through the guardrail, flew off the exit ramp and crashed into a parking lot 100 feet below.
"He basically focused on something else, so he is driving carelessly. He collides twice with the wall, and that's when he overreacts," FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez said.
Smith was thrown from the cab and taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. His family says it's a miracle that he survived.
Smith received two citations for careless driving and not wearing a seatbelt.
Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.
Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.