Tragic Rollover Crash Kills Two on Florida Turnpike in St. Lucie County, Florida (FL)
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL- Tcpalm.com writes that two people died in a rollover crash that occurred this week on the Florida Turnpike. The incident occurred in the late morning when an SUV with five occupants was traveling northbound and struck a guardrail and then overturned.*
The victims of the collision included a 35-year-old man from Silver Springs and a 25-year-old man from Davie. The driver, who survived the collision, was identified as a 36-year-old man from Ocala. Responders rushed the man to the hospital with severe injuries. The other two occupants included a 26-year-old woman and a one-year-old girl, both of whom also sustained injuries in the wreck. The crash led to lengthy delays in the northbound lanes of the Turnpike. The investigation into the crash is still underway. The authorities have yet to release the names of those involved in the tragic accident.
Rollover crashes often result in vehicle occupant deaths. According to Consumer Reports, only three percent of collisions involve rollovers, and yet, these crashes cause close to one out of three vehicle occupant fatalities.
Sedans and smaller cars can roll over, but the risk of doing so is not as high as it is for SUVs or other taller and more top-heavy vehicles such as pickup trucks or vans. It is possible to reduce the risk of a rollover through properly inflating tires, never over-packing the vehicle, and when possible, driving newer models of vehicles that have improved safety features such as electronic stability control.
In any vehicle, it is important to use a seatbelt. Rollover crashes often cause unbuckled occupants to be ejected from their vehicles. Seatbelts typically prevent ejections, and ejections are often lethal.
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