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BOCA RATON, FLORIDA – A multi – car accident earlier this week morning killed two people, injured one and is believed to be responsible for another pile-up, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. 19 year old Daniela Torres of Boca Raton was northbound on I-95 on her way home from work at a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale when she changed lanes and rear-ended a slower-moving vehicle occupied by three people. That vehicle was pushed onto the shoulder and rolled over and its driver and front-seat passenger were ejected from the car. The front seat passenger, a Pompano Beach resident, was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was transported to Delray Beach Community Medical center, where he too was pronounced dead.

Calvin Braggs, the back seat passenger was also transported to Delray Community Medical Center for emergency medical treatment.

Torres, who was not injured, was interviewed by troopers at the scene and picked up by her father.

As work crews cleaned up after the fatal crash, three other vehicles were involved in at least one secondary crash, according to Lt. Tim Frith of the Florida Highway Patrol. No one was injured in that accident.

The cause of the fatal crash is believed to be Torres’ lane change, Frith said.

FHP said the names of the two people killed are being withheld until their families have been notified.
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Jackson County, Florida – 63 year old Lillie Conyers of Crestview, Florida was seriously injured in a truck accident on I-10 Monday morning in Jackson County.

Also injured was 39 year old James Conyers, also of Crestview.

According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Lillie Conyers was driving westbound on Interstate 10 and struck a semi that had overturned in front of her. The Conyers were transported to the Jackson Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

The 2006 tractor-trailer had also been traveling westbound on I-10 when it left the roadway. The truck driver, 29 year old Michael Dufur of Ocala, Florida, over-corrected causing the truck to overturn blocking all of the westbound lanes of I-10.

Dufur and his passenger 36 year old Guertho Lemorin of Tampa, Florida, received only minor injuries in the crash.

Too often, truck drivers like Dufur are pressured by the trucking companies they work for to drive longer hours than Federal Regulations allow. When that happens, truck drivers are forced to drive 80,000 pound tractor trailers on our roadways while they are fatigued and, at times, inattentive. Fatigue one of the most common causes of truck accidents.
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Miami, Florida. – A multi – car accident in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike in West Miami-Dade left two people injured according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Investigators said the auto accident, which occurred near Southwest 8th Street involved a total of three cars.

One of the vehicles involved in the crash flipped over and struck a light pole. The driver had to be extricated from the car after the light pole fell on it.

That driver was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, officials said.

Another person was taken to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.
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Brevard County, Florida – According to the driver involved in an early morning, fatal truck accident yesterday in Cocoa, Florida, a white truck sideswiped his car.

Lt. Channing Taylor of the Florida Highway Patrol said that 42 year old Elbert McClary was southbound on Clearlake Road when his SUV ran into a canal and over-turned at Jackson Road in Cocoa yesterday.

His passenger, 30 year old Corah Wells, also of Cocoa was killed in the accident.

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Tamarac, Florida – A rollover car accident in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike left a 74 year old Davie man in critical condition.

According to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Roger Reyes, Luis Cease was airlifted by Fire Rescue to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale after his car rolled over and crashed into a wall.

The automobile accident occurred in the late afternoon when William Thompson, 54, of Miami Beach, attempted to change lanes near the West Commercial Boulevard exit and veered too close to Cease’s 2003 Hyundai. When Cease tried to avoid a collision, his car rolled over and struck a wall.

The Turnpike exit at Commercial Boulevard along with both southbound and northbound lanes were closed for a time to make room for the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue helicopter to land, Reyes said.

While tragedies like this are very often the result of careless driving on our highways – a growing problem that effects too many families, sometimes an automobile rolls over due to a defective design.
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