Rollover crashes are one of the most dangerous kinds of crashes that can occur. While there are many factors that can contribute to a rollover crash, there are some noteworthy data that may explain why they occur. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, nearly half of all rollover crashes involved alcohol. Vehicles with a higher center of gravity, such as large trucks and SUVs, are also more prone to rollover crashes. Additionally, fatal rollover crashes also typically have speed as a factor in the accident, for 40% of fatal rollover accidents involved excessive speeds. Nearly 85% of all rollover-related fatal crashes involve only one vehicle. Driver behavior is one of the main factors in the majority of rollover crashes.
CBS 12 reports that 5 people were injured, and a baby boy killed in a rollover crash in Palm Beach Gardens.
The crash occurred at about 1:22 p.m. on Friday afternoon in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the Northlake Boulevard exit.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a blue minivan was traveling north when the vehicle experienced a tire blowout. This caused the driver to lose control of the van, which led to the rollover crash.
Four of the five occupants were ejected during the crash. A 23-year-old woman, a 15-year-old female, a 13-year-old male, a 2-year-old girl, and an infant boy were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center.
All had serious injuries and the infant boy succumbed to the injuries sustained in the wreck.
The case is still being investigated by the FHP.