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Hollywood, Florida Bus Collision Sends Four to the Hospital

A Hollywood, Florida car rear-ended a transit bus Friday, injuring four, news sources report. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not immediately available following the incident. Four people, including the car’s driver, were taken to area hospitals after the crash. 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 unclear whether any of the victims will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred Friday morning at the intersection of North 72nd Avenue and Sheridan Street in Hollywood, which is controlled by a traffic light. The bus was eastbound at the intersection when a car proceeded through the red light and struck it from behind, sources indicate. Further details regarding the accident were not immediately available at press time.

Reports say three people aboard the bus sustained minor injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals after the crash. The driver of the car was in critical condition following the crash and was taken to the hospital as well. So far, there has not been an update regarding the victims’ condition.

Public transit is a preferred method of travel for many Palm Beach residents. However, as with all methods of motorized travel, there are risks associated with it. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 770 reported injuries and 11 fatalities in commercial vehicle accidents in Palm Beach County in 2012. A commercial vehicle is classified as any large vehicle.

In another accident involving a commercial vehicle, Jeffery Scott Cook was injured Friday when his flatbed truck rolled off a bridge, reports say. 29-year-old Cook, of St. Augustine, sustained critical injuries and is being treated at an area hospital. An investigation into the accident is ongoing and charges may be pending.

According to reports, the accident occurred Friday as Cook was southbound on Interstate 75 in Tampa. Cook was driving a flatbed truck carrying a bulldozer, sources say. For reasons that are not yet certain, Cook lost control of his flatbed while driving on a bridge over the shore of the Alafia River. The flatbed reportedly veered across the lane, struck a concrete barrier, and rolled over the edge, sending Cook, the truck, and the bulldozer to the wetlands below.

Cook was taken to the Tampa General Hospital; reports say he has since reached stable condition. Police closed down I-75 at the accident site so work crews could remove the truck and debris from the riverside. The flatbed reportedly belongs to MD Towing Incorporated of Jacksonville.

In yet another crash case, two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in West Palm Beach Sunday, sources say. The victims have not yet been identified. At least two people sustained minor injuries and were taken to area hospitals following the crash. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine what factors contributed to the accident.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 9:15 Sunday evening at the intersection of Haverhill Road and Forest Hill Boulevard. It is not yet clear exactly what happened; however, the crash left one car upside down, sources say. Two people were removed from the upside-down car and taken to JFK and Wellington Regional Medical Centers for treatment.

Sources: 6.23.13 Hollywood Bus Collision.pdf, FLHSMV Commercial Vehicle Crash Statistics – Hollywood Collision Case.pdf, 6.23.13 Cook Flatbed Crash.pdf, 6.23.13 West Palm Beach Crash.pdf.

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