One Tragically Killed, another Critical Following Wrong-Way Collision in Riverview
RIVERVIEW, FL- Wfla.com writes that a man died earlier this week in a tragic wrong-way collision. A woman was severely injured in the same accident, and her condition has been reported as critical.*
The crash took place on U.S. 301 in the late evening. The Florida Highway Patrol states that one of the drivers, a 45-year-old man from St. Petersburg, was traveling the wrong direction in the northbound lanes when he hit a pickup truck head-on.
A 62-year-old woman was traveling in the pickup truck and sustained serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was declared dead at the scene of the accident.
Witnesses took video on a phone of the man heading the wrong direction but did not report the incident until after the accident.
Police are working to determine the cause of the crash. It is unclear whether alcohol or a medical condition might have contributed to the cause of the accident.
Wrong-way collisions involve high speeds and tremendous forces. These accidents often lead to fatal injuries. An accident is typically referred to as a “wrong-way” crash only when the driver is heading the wrong direction on a divided highway with a median in the middle. This typically means the driver must have gotten onto the road by entering the wrong way on an exit ramp. For this reason, these types of accidents are uncommon.
Typical causes of wrong-way crashes include impaired driving but also distracted or elderly drivers who fail to properly follow road signs. These crashes are more common at night and after dark both because of visibility issues as well as a greater chance of alcohol-impaired drivers being on the road.
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