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West Palm Beach, Florida Collision Sends Two to the Hospital

A West Palm Beach, Florida crash sent two people to the hospital Tuesday, news sources report. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not immediately available following the incident. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, there have been no charges or citations. It is not yet known whether any of the victims will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 10:00 Tuesday evening at intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and Haverhill Road in West Palm Beach; the intersection is regulated by a traffic light. The details of the collision are still murky; however, reports indicate that there was a three-vehicle collision at the intersection. When rescue crews arrived at the scene, one of the vehicles was on fire and had to be sprayed with a fire extinguisher.

One person involved in the crash was taken to the Palms West Hospital; another victim was taken to the Wellington Regional Medical Center. An update on the victims’ conditions was not immediately available at press time. So far, it is unclear whether speed or failure to yield the right of way played a role in the collision.

Intersections have proven to be tricky, even for seasoned drivers, time and time again. They are host to millions of car crashes annually. In 2007, there were 2.4 million crashes at intersections in the United States, around 40% of all crashes (21% of all fatal crashes) that year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, as well as motorists, must be extra vigilant to ensure safety at intersections.

In other news, a motorcyclist lost control of his or her vehicle in Boca Raton on Monday, resulting in injuries to both the driver and passenger, reports say. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not available at press time. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what factors led to the crash. It is unclear whether there will be any charges.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 9:40 Monday evening at the intersection of Powerline Road and Southwest 18th Street. Reports suggest that only one vehicle was involved. Paramedics found the victims and the motorcycle lying in the street following the crash.

One victim sustained minor injuries and was taken to West Boca Medical Center. The other victim sustained critical injuries and was rushed to the Delray Trauma Center. An update on the victims’ injuries was not provided in reports.

Sometimes, accident victims aren’t in vehicles at all. A West Palm Beach pedestrian was sent to the hospital after she was struck by a vehicle on Wednesday, reports say. The victim’s identity was not immediately available at press time. Police are still investigating the incident.

According to reports, the accident occurred at around 10:00 Wednesday evening at the intersection of Forest Hill Boulevard and Military Trail in West Palm Beach. The details of the accident are not immediately available; however, sources say the victim was found lying in the street with injuries. The victim was taken to the Wellington Regional Medical Center, and an update on her condition is not yet available. It is unclear whether police have identified the driver who allegedly struck her.

Sources: 6.25.13 West Palm Beach Collision.pdf, Intersection Crash Statistics – West Palm Beach Collisoin.pdf, 6.25.13 Boca Raton Crash.pdf, 6.27.13 West Palm Beach Pedestrian.pdf.

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