Buckman Bridge crash kills 4 in Florida

Two SUVs and a tractor-trailer were involved in a fatal fiery crash on the Buckman Bridge on the afternoon of March 2. Just before 2 p.m., an SUV stalled on the bridge, according to a witness who called 911 to report that the occupants could be in danger due to their car being stalled in heavy traffic. The tractor-trailer struck the stalled SUV, which burst into flames.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two minors and two adults in the SUV were killed. There were three occupants inside another SUV that was also hit by the truck, and they were taken to Baptist South Hospital. Their injuries were reported to be non-life-threatening. The driver of the truck did not suffer any injuries. Police reported that he was cooperating with their investigation.

After the accident, the bridge was inspected by the Florida Department of Transportation. Their determination was that it was stable but that future minor repairs could be required. The bridge was closed during the inspection and accident investigation but was reopened the same day at 7 p.m. In the past three years, there have been approximately 1200 crashes on Buckman Bridge, according to an FDOT spokesperson.

When a family loses loved ones to a tragic accident, they could be facing not only the emotional loss but also financial difficulties. An unexpected tragedy could saddle a family with final expenses for their loved ones as well as the possible loss of their primary source of income, leaving them in a bad financial position. A personal injury lawyer could advise them regarding filing a wrongful death lawsuit to pursue compensation that could help them with their financial issues.

Source: 9 News, “4 dead, 3 injured in fiery crash in Florida,” March 2, 2015

Source: ActionNewsJax.com, “FHP investigating deadly Buckman Bridge crash,” Amanda Warford, March 3, 2015