Eleven accidents on I-95 in Miami send five to the hospital

Minor car accidents happen every day on our Miami roads. However, a driver’s slightest act of negligence can result in a serious accident, putting the lives of many in danger. Last week one truck caused a series of 11 car accidents in Miami that sent several injured individuals to the hospital.

The series of crashes occurred on Mar. 27 on Interstate 95 near the Northwest 79th Street exit. According to a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol, a Budget rental truck was traveling southbound on I-95 around 9 a.m. when the driver suddenly lost control of the truck. The vehicle then drifted across several southbound lanes on I-95 before rolling over into a concrete barrier.

While the driver of the Budget rental truck suddenly lost control of the vehicle, several other vehicles traveling south on I-95 tried to avoid hitting the truck, which caused five crashes. When the truck slammed into the concrete barrier, pieces of concrete flew into the northbound lanes of I-95. The flying pieces of concrete caused five other accidents in the northbound lanes.

In total, 11 vehicles were damaged in the incident. Four individuals with injuries were taken to Jackson North Medical Center. One other injured person was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. According to the Sun Sentinel, four of the injured individuals were released from the hospital on the same day of the accident. Fortunately, no one suffered any life-threatening injuries in the series of crashes.

The 11 accidents did cause major traffic delays until noon on I-95. It took crews about 30 minutes to clear the scene and open some lanes of traffic. The Florida Highway Patrol has not commented on why the driver of the Budget rental truck lost control of the vehicle or if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the incident.

Source:Sun Sentinel: “Truck crash in I-95 causes 10 more collisions,” Ariel Barkhurst, 27 Mar. 2011