5-car auto accident in Florida results in injuries

Northbound traffic on U.S. 19 was shut down for two hours on April 1 as a result of a serious five-car accident that left several injured. According to reports, the accident occurred at the intersection of Klosterman Road and U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs around 3:30 p.m.

According to authorities, the chain reaction started when a southbound vehicle allegedly turned in front of moving northbound traffic. Five vehicles including a black Chevy pickup truck, a silver 2007 Chevy pickup truck, a silver 2005 Suzuki, a black 2013 Ford and a black 2005 Buick were all involved in the accident, although it was unclear from reports which of the vehicles was the one that turned left.

Two adults in the black Chevy pickup truck, one female and one male, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Four other individuals, including two young children who were in the Suzuki, a 16-year-old passenger in the Ford and the 44-year-old driver of the silver Chevy, were taken to a hospital by ambulance for non-life threatening injuries.

According to the Tarpon Springs Police Department, the investigation into the accident is ongoing. Authorities were still trying to ascertain whether the driver of the vehicle that turned was attempting to make a U-turn or just turning left, but the fact that the northbound traffic had the green light makes it likely that the driver will be found at fault regardless. In car accidents like this one, if it is proven that the driver failed to yield to oncoming traffic or made a left at a red light, it could be a significant help to any civil personal injury cases filed against the person.

Source: The Sun Coast News, “UPDATE: Tarpon wreck snarls U.S. 19 northbound traffic” Eric Horchy, Apr. 01, 2014

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