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December 17, 2017

A week ago, on Saturday, the Orlando area suffered from an evening of rain which left the roads slick and dangerous. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, numerous crashes occurred as a result of the inclement weather, with the bulk of them happening between the hours of 2:00 and 11:00 in the morning. The crash that began the difficult early hours occurred close to mile marker 87 on I-4 West, near the Fairbanks curve. This incident involved a tractor trailer, although the report did not say if any other vehicles were involved or if anyone was injured.

The second accident on Interstate 4 happened several hours later, just after 3:00 in the morning. During this incident, two additional semi-trucks were involved, and the report indicates that the large vehicles crashed into one another while navigating the Fairbanks curve. The curve, which was the location of many of last Saturday’s accidents, is a well known and extremely dangerous section of road along the I-4 corridor around Orlando. Construction projects have been undergoing to reduce the danger of this area, but, as last weekend shows, the work is far from complete.

A third accident happened only a few minutes after the semi-trucks collided. Two new vehicles, neither of which have been described, collided with one another. One of these vehicles was thrown off of its wheels and ended either on its side or resting on its roof. It was not clear how many people were injured in this collision or any of the others, but the violence of the various crashes suggests that hospitalizations were necessary as a result.

Over the next hour, all in the space between 3:00 and 5:00 in the morning, three additional collisions, one of which was reported as a hit-and-run, happened along the same stretch of road. From 5:00 until 10:00, two more crashes were reported along I-4, with one of them tangling four separate vehicles in a mess of metal and glass.

Spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol, Sgt. Kim Montes, told reporters that one of the biggest issues with the Fairbanks curve is the excessive speeds at which drivers attempt to navigate the area. She shared how, in October, a motorist was given a ticket after an officer on patrol clocked them as driving 107 mph in the 50mph zone.

Investigations into all of last Saturday’s crashes is ongoing.

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