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Deerfield Beach, Florida Chain Collision Damages Four Vehicles

A Deerfield Beach, Florida chain collision damaged four vehicles on Monday, including a tractor-trailer and a cement truck, news sources report. Information regarding the identities of those involved was not immediately available following the incident. The victims did not require hospitalization after the crash, sources indicate. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident; it is too soon to tell whether charges will be filed. It is unclear whether anyone will file for damages.

According to reports, the crashes occurred on Interstate 95 in Deerfield Beach near the Hillsboro Boulevard exit ramp. Interstate 95 is one of South Florida’ most notorious highways when it comes to traffic accidents. The interstate connects several large counties and is almost always crowded with traffic. There are ten lanes, five going in either direction. A revealing online study indicated there were around 1.73 deadly accidents per mile on Interstate 95 from 2004 to 2008.

This latest accident occurred at around 3:00 Monday afternoon in the southbound lanes of the interstate. A 2008 Mitsubishi box truck and a 1995 Kenworth tractor-trailer were stopped somewhat close to one another, though it was unclear why. An approaching 2005 Sterling cement truck did not see the stopped vehicles in time, sources say.

“The tractor trailer and the box truck were stopped,” a Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson said. “The cement truck failed to stop, hit the box truck and pushed the box truck into the tractor trailer. Then, the cement truck veered to the left and hit the Lincoln Town Car.” The cement truck apparently overturned after hitting the town car.

Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the chain collision. However, it is not yet known how much the damages will cost each driver. The crash partially closed down the southbound lanes near the accident site, blocking traffic for a little over an hour, reports say.

Earlier this month, Interstate 95 experienced another crash when a driver and three motorcyclists were injured on a stretch of the highway in Fort Lauderdale, sources report. The victims have not been publicly identified. The driver and two motorcyclists were hospitalized, the former with minor injuries and the latter with critical ones. The third motorcyclist sustained minor injuries but decided not to seek treatment, sources indicate. Police are in the process of investigating the accident and it is unclear whether charges will be pressed.

Reports say the crash happened around 8:00 Wednesday evening on near the Sunrise Boulevard I-95 exit in Fort Lauderdale. Reports say three motorcycles and a car were involved in a collision there, though the circumstances surrounding the crash have yet to be divulged. Two of the motorcyclists sustained serious injuries and were rushed to the hospital, as was the driver, who sustained minor injuries. The third motorcyclist reportedly declined treatment for minor injuries.

Broward County is one of South Florida largest counties and has crash statistics to match. In 2010, there were 28,233 crashes in the county, which resulted in 179 fatalities and 20,540 injuries, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The majority of crashes occur on busy highways and intersections.

Sources: 8.26.13 Deerfield Beach Chain Crash.pdf, Broward County Crash Statistics – Deerfield Beach Chain Crash.pdf.

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