The news seems to be filled with stories regarding tragic car accidents here in the Northeast Florida area. I am not sure what is happening or if it is a trend but it sure seems like there area lot of car accidents that are resulting in critical injuries. This week (and it is only Wednesday) we’ve had two deaths from two separate car accidents.
Channel 4 reports that a 29-year-old woman was killed early Wednesday morning after her Dodge Magnum hit a dump truck stopped on U.S. 1 near the Duval-St. Johns county line. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a dump truck was traveling south on Philips Highway about 2:45 a.m. when the faster-moving sedan ran into it. Troopers say the Magnum caught fire as a result of the impact and the driver could not get out of the vehicle. The victim died at the scene. “After the impact, the (dump truck) driver attempted to pull over at the safest possible place but then started to experience mechanical issues due to the impact,” said FHP . They expect that speed may be a factor.
Also, a truck driver was killed when his big rig left the road and ran into a power pole in Nassau County early Wednesday morning. About 5 a.m., a logging truck carrying lumber was heading west on State Road 200 near Piney Island Drive when it left the highway struck a power pole and drove down an embankment and into a marsh. The pole was split, leaving, some power lines dangling. The driver died at the scene, according to FHP.
Motor vehicle crashes and fatalities increased in 2012 after six consecutive years of declining fatalities on our nation’s high¬ways. The nation lost 33,561 people in crashes on roadways during 2012, compared to 32,479 in 2011.