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Coral Springs, Florida Collision Sends Bicyclist to the Hospital

A Coral Springs, Florida collision sent a bicyclist to the hospital Thursday, news sources report. Information regarding the bicyclist’s identity was not immediately available following the incident; sources say he sustained critical injuries. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, it is unclear whether the bicyclist will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred Thursday morning along Coral Ridge Drive. The details of the accident have not yet been made public, but sources say a car struck the bicyclist near an intersection. An investigation has yet to reveal who was at fault in the crash. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators, reports say.

The bicyclist was air-rushed to Broward Health North. An update on the victim’s condition was not immediately available at press time. Sources say the victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Broward County’s warm weather and scenic locations make it an ideal place for bicyclists. However, bicyclists have to share the road with cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles. This can sometimes have disastrous consequences, especially when either party fails to keep watch on the road. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 549 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents in Broward County in 2010. Five Broward County bicyclists died in accidents that same year.

Although motorists have the protection afforded them by their vehicles, they still face perils on the road. A 29-year-old man was killed in a Pembroke Pines collision Thursday after his box truck struck the back of a tractor-trailer driven by Marshall Barber, reports say. The victim, whose identity is currently being withheld, was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead following the collision. 43-year-old Barber, who hails from Winter Haven, was not injured. Police are currently leading an investigation to determine what factors led to the crash and have not announced any intentions to file criminal charges.

According to reports, the incident occurred at around 5:00 Thursday morning at the red light intersection of US 27 and Johnson Street in Pembroke Pines. Barber’s tractor-trailer was passing through the intersection when the victim approached Barber from behind, failed to match his speed, and rear-ended the trailer, sources indicate. The crash caused heavy damage to the victim’s truck cab and caused its load of watermelons to spill all over the intersection. The victim was air-lifted to the Memorial Regional Hospital; sadly, he was announced dead upon arrival.

In yet another accident case, a woman was killed Wednesday after she was struck by a train in Boca Raton, sources say. The woman’s identity is being concealed until her next of kin is informed of the death. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Reports say the accident occurred around 8:00 Wednesday evening at the tracks near Palmetto Park Road. A Tri-Rail train traveling south reportedly struck the victim; she was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say the fatal crash may have been a suicide.

Sources: 6.21.13 Coral Springs Collision.pdf, FLHSMV – Bicyclist Crash Statistics-Coral Springs Collision.pdf, 6.20.13 Pembroke Pines Collision.pdf, 6.20.13 Boca Raton Train Crash.pdf.

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