Five-Vehicle Crash on I-4 Leaves Two Dead, Three Injured
Polk County, FL (8/1/2020) – Two people died and three others were injured after being involved in a five-vehicle crash on I-4 Friday morning. The accident occurred at 10:03 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the interstate at mile marker 33.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 22-year-old man from Lakeland was driving his sedan west on the interstate when he drifted out of his lane and crashed into a tractor-trailer driven by a 56-year-old man from Ontario, Canada. The impact caused the sedan to run into a cable barrier in the center median and enter the eastbound lanes of the interstate. A 37-year-old man from Orlando driving east then slammed head-on into the sedan. After the impact, a 25-year-old woman from Estero hit the car of the Orlando man, causing it to overturn onto the shoulder of the road. Another tractor-trailer driven by a 57-year-old man from Tampa then hit the sedan of the Lakeland man before crashing into a fence.
Police say that the Orlando man and his passenger, a 37-year-old woman from Davenport, died from their injuries. The man from Lakeland suffered serious injuries, while the Estero woman and the Tampa man only received minor injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident.
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Source: Tampa Bay Reporter