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Florida trucking accident in construction zone claims 2 lives

The Florida Highway Patrol says that drivers of two cars were killed in a multi-vehicle collision that happened in a construction zone on May 28. According to media sources, the deadly incident occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 near the Pines Boulevard exit. Sources report that a female passenger who was traveling in one of the cars was hospitalized in serious condition following the crash but that the drivers of two semi-trucks that were involved in the accident were not hurt.

The fatal chain-reaction incident began when a Mitsubishi driven by a 29-year-old Miramar man struck a truck loaded with concrete barriers as it pulled onto the roadway from the construction site. The car slid under the truck, causing its roof to be ripped from its body and the car's driver to be killed instantly.

The series of events continued as a white BMW driven by a 17-year-old female crashed into the back of the semi and the load of concrete barriers fell over the top of her vehicle, causing her to suffer fatal injuries. Finally, the second semi hit a concrete barrier on the roadway before crashing into the trailer of the first truck. The accident remains under investigation.

Although driver negligence is one factor that is likely to be examined in serious truck accidents such as this one, other factors may also have contributed to the crash. Authorities could examine whether the load of concrete barriers was properly secured and whether project managers and others involved in the construction project could in any way be held responsible for the series of events that transpired. An attorney can review the accident investigation report and other evidence in order to determine whether a wrongful death lawsuit should be filed on behalf of a decedent's surviving family members against the responsible parties.

Source: WSVN, "2 dead in crash on I-75 in Pembroke Pines," May 29, 2015

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