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Three Killed in Florida Crash; All Wearing Seatbelts

Sometimes even when people are wearing their seatbelts, a crash can be severe enough to claim their lives, particularly when the impact is nearly head-on.

car crash in Polk City last week has claimed three lives. It happened on Commonwealth Avenue North, according to the Orlando Sentinel. A woman was driving north on that road at about 9:45 a.m. on a recent morning when she apparently lost control of her car suddenly. She swerved and hit another vehicle nearly head-on.

The vehicle she collided with was a sport utility vehicle driven by a 67-year-old man, whose wife was a passenger in the vehicle at the time. The driver who caused the crash was killed, as was the SUV’s passenger. The SUV driver was taken to Lake Regional Medical Center with critical injuries, but he was pronounced dead during surgery there, several hours after the accident.

The crash closed Commonwealth Avenue for a while. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office says that all three people were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. However, the driver who caused the crash, who was 36 years old, was apparently wearing hers improperly.

Sadly, it wasn’t the only crash in Polk County last week. Just a couple of days later, a nine-vehicle crash claimed two lives in Lake Wales. A motorcyclist was among the dead in the accident, which also involved at least one tractor trailer. Authorities say the crash was likely caused by low visibility due to smoke or fog. That sounds eerily similar to a massive crash earlier this year that claimed several lives.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “3 dead in Polk crash,” David Breen and Denise-Maria Balona, March 4, 2012

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