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Florida car accident leaves 5 injured, 1 dead

One woman is dead and another five individuals were injured following a car wreck in Polk County, Florida. Police say the serious car accident occurred on Oct. 28 at approximately 4:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 27 when a driver lost control of her sedan, causing it to spin across the center line and into the path of several oncoming vehicles.

The car was then struck by two other vehicles, an SUV and a sedan. Following the crash, the highway's southbound lanes were closed for investigation. The highway was completely reopened several hours after the crash at about 10 p.m. Authorities do not believe that alcohol was involved in crash.

The 46-year-old driver of the initial car that lost control was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency response crews. The victim's boyfriend and his teenage son sustained serious injuries in the collision and were transported to a regional hospital, where they remained in critical but stable condition at last report.

The 59-year-old driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries and was taken to a medical center for treatment. She was expected to be released shortly the same day. The two occupants of the second sedan, 35 and 33 years old, also sustained minor injuries and were taken to the same medical center. Like the driver of the SUV, both victims were expected to be promptly released after receiving treatment. Due to poor weather conditions, emergency medical crews were unable to airlift any of the victims following the wreck.

Source: ABC Action News, "1 dead, 5 injured in Polk County crash," Michelle L. Clark, Oct. 29, 2011


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