According to a Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman, a recent crash in northern Florida near the Georgia state line involving five vehicles claimed the lives of two drivers and injured over a dozen others. The wreck involved a Greyhound bus bound for Atlanta and occurred on Interstate 75 in Florida’s Hamilton County. The bus was northbound in the center lane beside a 2013 Ford Expedition driven by a 55-year-old Ormond Beach man.
A 91-year-old man from High Springs was traveling southbound in the northbound lane in his 1993 Buick Century in the same lane as the Expedition, and they collided head-on. Both men were killed on impact. Police had been alerted only minutes before to the situation of the wrong way driver but had not had time to locate the vehicle and make a traffic stop.
The crash occurred at about 11:44 p.m. on a Friday night. No passengers were in either of the vehicles where the two men died.
The bus driver and the drivers of two of the cars behind him swerved to avoid the impact and the debris field of the head-on collision, causing vehicles to strike one another.
There were a total of 42 passengers on the Greyhound, 13 of whom suffered minor injuries and were treated at local hospitals. The 62-year-old driver from Locust Grove was uninjured in the accident.
According to information provided by a Greyhound official to Channel 2 Action News, Greyhound sent out a replacement driver from Jacksonville at 2:45 a.m. to retrieve the uninjured passengers. The second bus rolled into the Atlanta station at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the TV station reported.
Five children between the ages of 3 and 11 were in one of the wrecked vehicles from the secondary collisions, but none were injured.
The bus driver and the two other drivers voluntarily submitted a blood sample for an alcohol screening. At this time, it is unknown if alcohol contributed in any way to the fatal accident.
If you are injured through another driver’s negligence on Florida roads, you may have a right to seek compensation for your personal injuries and other damages. It’s best to learn more about pursuing such compensation from an experienced Florida attorney.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Atlanta-bound bus involved in fatal Florida crash” Rodney Thrash, Apr. 05, 2014