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Wreck leaves two Florida teenagers dead

Two teenagers are dead following a serious car accident on Interstate 95, which also left three other people injured. Two of those drivers remain in critical condition. One motorist who was about 200 feet behind one of the victims at the time of the wreck described the crash as a horrific experience, adding the he and his 9-year-old easily could have been injured or killed had they been slightly closer.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the serious car accident occurred when three vehicles slammed into each other in the highway's left lane. While the FHP has not officially determined precisely what caused the crash, one witness claimed it began when an SUV struck a guardrail and rolled into traffic, causing it two collide with two other cars. He explained that several other drivers just barely avoided being involved by slamming on their brakes.

But witnesses who exited their vehicles after the accident say that rescue workers seemed to be searching a nearby wooded area for victims. According to one witness, emergency response personnel were seen draping a sheet over a body near one of the vehicles, which did not appear to have a lot of damage. Traffic was blocked for several hours after the accident.

The FHP declined to comment on these claims, explaining that it is going to take time to gather all the evidence and facts in order to insure that the information is accurate. The FHP plans to conduct toxicology tests on all the involved drivers to determine whether alcohol or drugs may have contributed to the accident. The investigation is ongoing.

While no amount of money can reverse the pain and suffering caused by the death of a loved one, the families of individuals killed in accidents on Florida roadways may be able to secure damages by filing a wrongful death lawsuit to help compensate them for their grief.

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal, "Son of Flagler fire captain, Palm Coast girl killed in I-95 crash near Ormond Beach," Patricio G. Balona, July 27, 2012

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