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Crash in Okeechobee County, Florida Tragically Kills Two


February 09, 2020

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FL- Wptv.com writes that traffic was shut down on State Road 70 after a fatal crash that took place over the weekend. The incident occurred in the evening near the border between Okeechobee County and Highlands County.*

The incident involved a head-on collision between a Hyundai SUV and a Land Rover. The drivers of both vehicles died at the scene of the wreck. Police identified the driver of the Land Rover as a 26-year-old man from Okeechobee County. The other driver was only identified as a woman who was also from Okeechobee county. The crash is still under investigation, and it is not clear what led to the fatal wreck.

Head-on collisions are often fatal because of the massive amounts of force that impact the occupants’ bodies. Drivers may be surprised to learn that the chances of dying in a head-on crash rise rapidly when the cars reach just 43-miles-per-hour. This number is often alarming because drivers frequently travel on roads with higher speed limits than this, where there is no median in place to prevent cars from drifting across the centerline. 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frequently has advised officials of the need to lower speed limits. The IIHS has performed tests on vehicles at 40-miles-per-hour and found that head-on collisions at this speed between two vehicles of about equal size are already extremely severe crashes. Tests at higher speeds may not be performed because researchers understand that it is not practical to expect a vehicle to protect occupants in those circumstances. Vehicle manufacturers would like to make their cars safer at higher speeds, but doing so has proven extremely difficult. 

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Sources:https://www.wptv.com/news/region-okeechobee-county/deadly-crash-shuts-down-s-r-70-at-okeechobee-highlands-county-line and https://www.thecarcrashdetective.com/how-to-survive-a-head-on-collision-slow-down-to-below-43mph/


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