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Florida crash leaves Orlando man dead

An Orlando man was killed and another three people were hurt in a crash that involved at least five vehicles on U.S. Highway 27. Following the crash, workers from the Florida Department of Transportation were dispatched to clean up oil spilled in the accident. No charges have been filed in connection with the crash, but the incident remains under investigation.

Florida motorists are constantly in danger of serious car accidents, with thousands of catastrophic injuries and fatalities occurring on roadways in the state each year. While negligent drivers are sometimes charged with criminal offenses, victims and their families often choose to file lawsuits against those responsible for such crashes in order to collect compensation for any pain and suffering.

Police say the accident occurred when a tractor-trailer collided with two cars, which pushed the smaller vehicles into another 18-wheeler. This led to the second truck being pushed into a third. As a result, one car was left crushed between two of the large trucks, with another stuck beneath a trailer.

Upon arrival at the crash site, emergency response crews were forced to pry the occupants of the trapped car from their vehicle. All three were released from nearby medical centers after being treated for minor injuries. The 51-year driver of the vehicle smashed between the two 18-wheelers was killed in the accident, while another 49-year-old man was seriously injured. A police official later called it "a miracle" that the other victims were not killed.

According to one witness, the driver of the first truck was not looking at the road when the crash happened. "He never hit his brakes," explained the witness.

Source: NewsChief.com, "One dead; crash closes U.S. 27 north," Ernst Peters, June 26, 2012

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