dangerous Florida roadways
After eight members of a Florida church were killed in a tragic passenger van accident last week, transportation officials are investigating the safety of the van the victims were riding in. The driver of the van missed an unlit T-intersection, driving the van into a canal. Now, investigators are looking into both the intersection, where accidents have happened in the past, and the safety of the van model.
A rash of accidents on Friday night had the Florida Highway Patrol extremely busy. A total of nine accidents, four in the westbound lanes and five in the eastbound lanes, had traffic moving slow in both directions on I-4 across the middle of the state. According to officials, twenty-six vehicles were involving in these incidents which occurred in the evening hours between milepost 121 and 127. Most of the incidents were rear-end collisions. It is unclear at this point whether all of the incidents were related.
An Orlando man was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer recently in yet another Central Florida pedestrian accident. The accident occurred around 10:15 a.m. one recent morning on Interstate 4 near Polk Parkway. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say that the 26-year-old victim was standing in the eastbound lanes of I-4 when the 48-year-old driver of the semi saw him and tried to avoid striking the man. After being stuck by the semi, the man was thrown into the next lane, where he was struck by a Ford Fusion and a Ford Focus that were unable to avoid striking the victim. He was pronounced dead from his injuries at the accident scene. Troopers are still investigating the accident but say that charges are pending against the driver of the tractor-trailer.