In an effort to improve highway safety over the long holiday weekend, the Florida Department of Transportation District Three office will halt lane closing on state roads and interstates through Sunday. Although existing work zones will remain in effect, the office has pledged no additional lane closures through the weekend. Motorists are reminded to continue to be vigilant around work zones for construction personnel and to observe slower speed limits in the area.
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A fiery crash on I-75 near Gainesville sent several victims to area hospitals late Wednesday afternoon. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just after 5 p.m. and involved at least two semi-tractor trailer trucks and several passenger vehicles. One of the trucks contained was leaking diesel fuel and caught fire. Large plumes of black smoke could be seen for a least a mile. First responders were on the scene, including fire fighters, police, and hazardous spill specialists to help contain the blaze and prevent further injuries.
A school bus accident early Wednesday morning has many parents questioning whether the bus trip should have even occurred. The school bus was traveling southbound on I-95 shortly before 7 a.m. when it left the pavement and entered the grassy shoulder. It hit several trees before coming to rest. Four children were injured in the accident, one of them seriously. The driver was shaken up, though not injured. It is unknown at this time when the driver veered off the road.
An accident in the northern section of Tampa, Florida has claimed the life of a female motorcycle passenger. According to Tampa police, a 2004 Lexus was attempting to make a left hand turn when it was struck by a Toyota Corolla. A Kawasaki motorcycle that had been following the Corolla slamming into the vehicle directly after it struck the Lexus. The motorcycle was driven by a male, with a female passenger also aboard. The female passenger was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene. It is reported that the male and female aboard the motorcycle were husband and wife.
It has been confirmed that seven employees from Boca Raton real estate firm Pebb Enterprises perished in a fiery plane crash on Tuesday, just outside of Akron, Ohio. The team had been traveling to visit several property sites throughout the Midwest, prior to arriving in Akron just before 3 p.m.
Authorities say a man was electrocuted while working on a boat dock at the site of the 2016 HGTV Dream Home giveaway in central Florida last week. The man has been identified as James Sands, 37, of Melbourne, FL. He fell off the dock and into the Indian River Lagoon after receiving a powerful shock from the electrical equipment he was using to improve the boat dock.
A Florida man is in critical condition after a terrible explosion took place on Monday, October 27th. The man, Evan Spahlinger, from Naples, Florida, was smoking an e-cigarette when it suddenly exploded in his face, burning his face, neck, hands, and lungs. He was immediately taken to a local hospital, but due to the severity of his condition, was transported to the Burn Center at Kendall Regional Medical Center the same day.
A freak construction accident in Orange County this month claimed the life of a worker while a nearby crane was in operation. While working on the reconstruction and widening of State Road 50 in Ocoee on October 16th, 2015, 25-year-old construction worker Guillermo Solis of Seville, Florida was struck in the head by a falling object and subsequently died. The object, which had dropped a distance of nearly 50 feet after having been suspended by the crane, turned out to be a wooden pile cushion from a pile driver.
A man from The Villages has died from injuries sustained when his golf cart crashed with a van on Tuesday, October 20th. It happened at the intersection of Odell Circle and Ambrosia Place in The Villages, just outside of Orlando. The Florida Highway Patrol said Donald T. Browne, 79, was driving his golf cart northbound on Odell Circle south of Ambrosia Place and turned into the path of a van driven by Merle L. Hoops of The Villages. The two vehicles collided and traveled several feet before coming to a complete stop. Browne and his passenger, 77-year-old Dorothy A. Browne, were both transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where Donald Browne died early Wednesday and Dorothy Browne is still in serious condition.