A head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck in Palm Beach County killed 53 people in the deadliest road accident in recent memory, FHP officials and witnesses said.
The accident occurred on Wellington Avenue, more than 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Weston, said a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman. The survivors included 18 adults and five children, the spokesman said, adding that they were being treated at Delray Medical center in the county.
On Twitter, a police superintendent expressed condolences to affected families and said emergency crews were responding.
Bodies were strewn on the road in a scene of devastation, said a 42-year old man.
“This accident has shattered families,” he told the Post.
Relatives of some other passengers awaited news.
“My wife was on that bus and l am dreading to go to the hospital,” said another 38-year old. “I have asked my brother to check to see what has happened to her.”
The Florida Highway Patrol officials are still investigating the cause of the crash. Palm Beach County Road Safety Commission reported that more than 1,600 people were killed in road accidents last year.
The Florida Highway Patrol is urging anyone with information relating to the crash to contact the Florida Highway Patrol.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in fatalities. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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