Multi-vehicle crash involving special needs van causes injuries

Professional drivers have a serious responsibility. Many are charged with transporting people safely, and the consequences can be serious if they get careless.

A multiple-vehicle crash that occurred last week involved a total of five vehicles and resulted in injuries being suffered by 11 people. The crash happened around 9 a.m. near Park Street on West Colonial Drive in Orlando.

A van involved in the accident was transporting special needs adults with disabilities, according to authorities. Six of the passengers had to be extracted by rescue workers from the Orange County Fire Department. The special needs van was flipped on its side following the accident.

The accident occurred, according to WESH TV, when the driver apparently failed to maintain control of the van, resulting in it rolling over another vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light. A chain reaction ensued with other vehicles. The van driver, who stated that he had been feeling ill at the time of the accident, was given a citation for careless driving.

The special needs adults were not able to communicate with rescue workers about their injuries, requiring them to perform emergency medical services on the basis of visible injuries alone. A total of seven people with the most serious injuries were rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment. Four others with less serious injuries were transported to Health Central located in Ocoee, where they were treated and released.

The company involved in the care of the special needs patients issued a statement, noting it was grateful that the injuries weren’t worse.

Source: WESH TV, “Special needs van involved in multi-vehicle accident,” March 28, 2012


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