August 12th, 2013 - by DKRPA
A multi-vehicle collision Sunday night on I-95 in West Palm Beach sent a total of nine people to the hospital, authorities report, including three children, two Florida Highway Patrol officers and a West Palm Beach fire captain. Luckily, none of the injuries were considered life threatening, according to an FHP spokesperson.
This was apparently a chain-reaction crash in response to an earlier car accident. An earlier wreck a bit further north was blocking traffic and two FHP troopers were setting up cones and safety flares intended to divert traffic away from the lanes where vehicle debris needed to be catalogued and cleaned up.
“The troopers were setting out safety flares, following standard protocol, parked on the shoulder,” said the FHP spokesperson. One driver apparently didn’t notice the emergency lights. That vehicle crashed into one of the cruisers, which had one officer inside, and then continued to the shoulder of the road, striking another trooper who was standing there. Flying debris from the crash also struck a captain from West Palm Beach Fire Rescue who was assisting with the first car accident.
According to the FHP spokesperson, the children were aged 3, 9 and 10 and were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach for treatment. “None of the injuries were life-threatening,” he emphasized.
However, whether any of those injuries was life-altering, such as a brain or spinal cord injury, is as of yet unknown. Some such injuries aren’t obvious immediately but cause increasing symptoms over time. We wish all the victims the best and urge all drivers to make safety the top priority.
Source: WPTV News Channel 5, “I-95 crash blocks four lanes, sends three children and six adults to hospital, including 2 troopers,” Angela Cruz, July 15, 2013