More than 26 vehicles got tangled up in a series of chain-reaction pileups along a stretch of Boynton Beach in Palm Beach County, injuring at least 17 people, state police said.
The pileups in Riviera Beach near Hypoluxo involved several cars, a school bus and a tractor-trailer, a FHP spokesman said. He said some of the injuries were serious.
Emergency personnel climbed on top of cars to reach motorists stuck in the middle of the jumble of vehicles. The FHP spokesman said, one veteran trooper described the site as a “giant pile of metal.”
Florida Highway Patrol said, the crash was the biggest in Palm Beach County.
An occupational therapist from Delray Beach, said her car was sideswiped amid the pileup, which sent cars and trucks spinning. The therapist, who was not injured, said a logging truck came dangerously close to hitting her and spun off into a ditch.
Both northbound lanes on a 30-mile stretch of highway were closed and drivers were told to take other exits to avoid the area.
Two hospitals reported taking in 19 patients, some in serious condition. One person at the scene of the crash had a heart attack and some people suffered broken bones, police said. Two students and two adults on the bus were shaken up but not injured.
Police said, the weather is likely the cause of the crash but is still being investigated.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in injuries. 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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