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Minivan Bursts into Flames after Colliding with Semi

March 14, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is investigating the death of a driver in a November car crash on Interstate 4 near McIntosh Road. As reported at tampabay.com, the car accident happened when a minivan collided with a semitrailer. The minivan burst into flames upon impact, killing one person inside the minivan.

Troopers from the FHP arrived on the scene around 9:45 a.m. when the minivan was on fire. According to an FHP spokesperson, the driver of the semitrailer was changing a tire and tried getting back into traffic on the highway. The minivan struck the semi from behind and then caught fire. The minivan had paint supplies inside, according to the FHP spokesperson.

At this point, investigators do not know if alcohol or speed were factors in the fatal collision. The semi driver did not suffer injuries in the accident.

Large commercial trucks are slow to accelerate and cannot stop as smaller vehicles can. Their larger size also means they have large blind spots. Semi drivers can easily lose passenger vehicles in the blind spots. It is true what their bumper stickers say: If you cannot see my mirrors, I cannot see you.

Colson Hicks Eidson – Florida injury attorneys