Tragic Head-On Crash in Hillsborough County Kills Two, Severely Injures Two
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL- The tbreporter.com writes that a head-on collision on US 92 killed two people this week. The two fatally injured victims were teenagers.*
Reports indicate that the incident took place overnight when a seventeen-year-old driver operating a 2008 Ford Escape was driving westbound and for unknown reasons, crossed into the eastbound lanes. A 2005 Peterbilt truck was traveling east, and the two vehicles collided head-on. The driver and a fifteen-year-old passenger both died at the scene of the crash. Another passenger in the Ford, identified as a fourteen-year-old boy, was severely injured in the wreck. Responders transported the young victim via airlift to the Tampa General Hospital, where his condition was reportedly critical. Police stated that none of the teens in the car had their seatbelts on at the time of the collision. The driver in the truck also sustained injuries and was transported to the Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where the 61-year-old trucker’s condition was described as serious. Officers stated that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
Teen drivers are at a heightened risk of being involved in deadly car crashes. Some factors that increase the chance of a wreck include male teen drivers, who are at a greater risk of a crash than female drivers, and teens traveling in a car with other teenagers. The risk of a collision rises with each additional teen in the vehicle. Inexperience and distractions are problems that often lead to tragic results. Additionally, many teens fail to use seatbelts while traveling in cars. This age group has some of the lowest levels of seatbelt use.
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Sources:https://www.tbreporter.com/traffic/two-dead-two-seriously-injured-in-head-on-crash-on-u-s-92/ and https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/index.html
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