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Fiery Car Crash Tragically Kills Three near Lillian Bridge in Escambia County, Florida

October 14, 2019

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL- writes that a tragic accident cost the lives of three people earlier in the day on Highway 98. Reports indicate that a 48-year-old truck driver was driving eastbound in a flatbed truck when he crossed over the center line and into the westbound lane striking head-on a vehicle carrying two teenage boys.*

The driver and the passenger in the smaller vehicle were both thrown from their car upon impact with the truck. The flatbed truck then caught fire. All three of the individuals involved in the crash were declared dead at the crash site. Debris from the truck’s load covered the roadway and led to hours of cleanup for responders at the scene. 

Head-on collisions are often deadly crashes because of the forces at play when two vehicles strike one another while traveling in opposite directions. The force involved does not just double, it actually quadruples in these incidents, leading to devastating results, even at relatively modest speeds. Unfortunately, it is easy for a driver to cause this type of crash. Many roads across the United States have no barrier between opposite moving traffic lanes. A driver traveling eastbound can drift across a painted line on the street in an instant without realizing he or she has done so. All that needs to happen is for the driver to take his or her eyes off of the road because of a distraction or shut their eyes momentarily because of fatigue, and the vehicle may drift slightly over the line. For the car traveling in the opposite direction, there is often little or no time to react or make any attempt to avoid being involved in the collision. 

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