Tragic Wrong-Way Crash Reported on State Road 924 in Hialeah, Florida (FL)
HIALEAH, FL- Local10.com writes that a wrong-way crash left two people dead this week in Hialeah, Florida. The wrong-way collision occurred overnight when a woman was driving the wrong way in the eastbound traffic lanes of State Road 924. The woman was operating a Subaru sedan at the time.*
The Subaru collided head-on with a Toyota sedan close to Northwest 57th Avenue. There were three men in the Toyota at the time of the wreck, and two of them suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The woman in the Subaru was injured, as was the surviving passenger in the Toyota. Reports indicate that the woman was transported to the Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where she is being treated for critical injuries. The crash is currently still under investigation.
Wrong-way driving refers specifically to a driver who is traveling against the flow of traffic on a divided roadway. Drivers who drift across the median or through a median barrier are not referred to as wrong-way drivers. In order to enter one of these roads traveling the wrong direction, motorists must have made a severe mistake, such as entering a highway on an off-ramp. These collisions are relatively rare because few drivers make such an error.
When wrong-way crashes do take place, they are often severe because they involve a head-on impact that takes place on roads where traffic is traveling at high speeds.
Every year an average of about 300 to 400 people are killed in wrong-way crashes. While this only accounts for about one percent of all crash-related deaths, this is largely because of the effort that goes into preventing people from entering divided roads heading the wrong way.
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