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September 5, 2018

A pickup truck crash that happened in Osceola County on the morning of Saturday, September 1st, has resulted in the death of one person. Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol were the among the first to respond to the incident, and their official report provides us with much of the known details in the case. Additional facts will likely become available as the investigation into the incident progresses, although it does seem possible that the police will not provide official updates if the case does not take any unusual turns.

What we know so far is that it was close to 7:00 in the morning when a Nissan pickup truck was traveling down the eastern lanes of Interstate 4. As the driver approached the 58th mile marker, something happened to cause them to lose control of the vehicle. While no hypothesis or suspicions as to why this happened were included in the report, there are a few standard reasons why a driver might suddenly lose control of their vehicle while traveling down the road. It is possible that they suffered from a medical emergency such as a cardiac arrest, an event which leads to a fairly high number of fatal accidents each year. It is also possible that the driver of the Nissan was intoxicated or speeding or both. Finally, single-car crashes such as the one which happened along I-4 can occur if the roadway itself features problems or has been poorly maintained.

As mentioned above, Florida Highway Patrol troopers offered no thoughts on the causes of the crash, but all the listed circumstances can and do lead to incidents such as the one this past Saturday.

After the driver lost control, the car left the roadway. Before the driver was able to regain supremacy over their vehicle, they collided with a pole standing near to the road. The report did not make clear if this was a utility pole or a pole used for another sort of reason. Regardless, the damage inflicted on the man after the crash was fatal and despite the best efforts of the paramedics and EMTs who arrived to assist there was nothing to be done. The driver of the Nissan was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.

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