Three Tragically Killed in Crash on Lillian Bridge on U.S. 98 Between Florida and Alabama
FL- Pnj.com writes that a tragic accident caused the three fatalities on the Lillian Bridge earlier this week. U.S. 98 runs over Lillian Bridge as it crosses Perdido Bay between Florida and Alabama. The incident took place in the early hours of the morning when a large tractor-trailer carrying a load of lumber collided head-on with a Chevrolet Impala.*
The truck was traveling west towards the bridge, and the Impala was going eastbound and exiting the bridge. The Impala reportedly drifted over the center line and into the westbound lane, where it collided with the larger vehicle.
Following the impact, the truck caught fire, and the cargo it was carrying fell onto the roadway. The lumber blocked both traffic lanes.
Two nineteen year-old boys were in the Impala, and both were ejected from the vehicle on impact. Both teens were declared dead at the scene of the accident. The 48-year-old man driving the truck also died at the scene. The crash closed down the bridge for several hours as workers cleared the debris. Investigators still have not determined what caused the vehicle to drift into the opposite lane.
Head-on collisions are often fatal because they involve intense and violent forces. Studies have indicated that the chance of living through one of these crashes drops significantly when the vehicles are traveling faster than just 43 miles per hour. There are plenty of roadways in the country where the speed limit is higher than 40 miles per hour, and the lanes of opposite moving traffic are separated by nothing more than lines painted on the ground. It only takes a momentary distraction for a vehicle to cross over one of these lines and into oncoming traffic. The person driving a car traveling in the opposite direction has little or no time to react, meaning that even responsible drivers can be faced with this kind of collision.
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