While cars exploding after a crash are mostly in the realm of Hollywood special effects, car fires after a collision are not. There are many things that can contribute to a fire immediately following an accident. Most cars have crumple zones that are designed to absorb the impact of a crash, especially around areas such as the engine, fuel tank, and battery. However, in a collision that is bad enough, fuel can spill from the tank and a single spark can ignite a vehicle. Sometimes, a design defect can contribute to a car fire, such as it did with the infamous Ford Pinto.
The Bradenton Herald reports on a single-vehicle crash that claimed the lives of three teenagers, two of them brothers. The crash occurred just after midnight on Wednesday morning on the John Ringling bridge near Bird Key.
The deceased have been identified as 19-year-old Oscar Flores, 17-year-old Daniel Flores, and 15-year-old Isabella Paoletta. The two men were brothers and all three were from Sarasota.
Police have not been able to identify who was driving the vehicle, but they say that the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then struck the sidewall of the bridge and a tree. At some point during the collision, Paoletta was ejected from the vehicle.
After the car, the vehicle caught fire. The Sarasota Fire Department extinguished the blaze, discovering the Flores brothers inside, deceased.
It’s currently unknown if speed, drugs, or alcohol were factors in the collision. Police are asking anyone with any information to contact the Sarasota Police Department.