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Four Killed, 25 Hospitalized after Florida Bus Crash

Cydney Patterson3 months ago

Four people were killed and 25 others were sent to the hospital after a Florida bus crash that happened in Wakulla County.

Details about the Bus Accident

Early Saturday morning as a bus was traveling along coastal Highway 98 a semi truck hit the bus which was full of Haitian migrant workers and their families. The only thing that remains of the school bus is its charred frame. The truck that hit the bus disintegrated on impact after the bus blew through the blinking red light that leads south to the city of St. Marks. This crash killed four individuals including a young child and hospitalized twenty five more.

According to the article, the Florida Highway Patrol states that “the southbound bus did not stop for the light, hit the truck that was heading west, and then slammed into a power pole at around 5 a.m. Skid marks just feet from the intersection indicate the semi-truck may have only braked seconds before impact. The Florida Highway patrol identified 56-year-old Elie Dupiche of Belle Glade as the driver of the 1979 Blue Bird bus.

Gordon A. Sheets, a 55-year-old from Copiague, New York, was the driver of the 2005 Freightliner semi truck. Sheets had one passenger, 21-year-old Rafael Nieves of Sound Beach, New York. Dupiche is currently in critical condition at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Sheets died as a result of his injuries. Nieves was left uninjured. Of the twenty that were hospitalized only twelve of them remain, three in critical condition, three in serious condition and six in fair condition. The others died shortly after arriving to the hospital. Each of these people remain in our hearts and thoughts during this difficult time.

Important Information about Large Truck and Bus Accidents

• In 2013, 4,186 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 3-percent increase from 2012. From 2012 to 2013, large truck and bus wrongful deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles remained steady at 0.142.
• Over the past 10 years (2003 through 2013):
o The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased from 4,721 to 3,906, a drop of 17 percent.
o The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes decreased from 89,000 to 73,000, a drop of 18 percent.
o The number of large trucks involved in property damage only crashes decreased from 363,000 to 265,000, a drop of 27 percent.
o The number of buses involved in fatal crashes decreased from 291 to 280, a decrease of 4 percent.
o On average, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, of all buses involved in fatal crashes.
• Over the past year (from 2012 to 2013):
o The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by 2 percent, from 3,825 to 3,906, and the vehicle involvement rate for large trucks in fatal crashes (vehicles involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled by large trucks) remained steady at 1.42.
o The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes decreased by 5 percent, from 77,000 to 73,000, and the vehicle involvement rate for large trucks in injury crashes decreased by 7 percent.
o The number of large trucks involved in property damage only crashes increased by 5 percent, from 253,000 to 265,000, and the vehicle involvement rate for large trucks in property damage only crashes also increased by 3 percent.
o The number of buses involved in fatal crashes increased from 253 to 280, an increase of 11 percent, and the vehicle involvement rate for buses in fatal crashes increased by 8 percent.
o Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by large trucks increased by 2.2 percent, and bus VMT increased by 2.6 percent.

 

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