A side-impact crash, sometimes called a “T-bone” crash is one of the more deadly crashes. While head-on crashes are dangerous and deadly, side-impact crashes may be the most dangerous type of accident because there are no crumple zones. There are just a door and a window between the drivers and passengers and the other vehicle. Some common factors that contribute to side-impact crashes are when drivers run red lights or stop signs. These accidents can lead to ejections and some common injuries are head injuries, torso and chest injuries, pelvic fractures, neck injuries. Unfortunately, they can often become fatal.
The New York Times reports that a team member for the Holy Cross crew team was killed in an accident in Florida.
The accident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. at Indian River Boulevard and the Merrill P. Barber Bridge Wednesday morning as the Holy Cross women’s crew team was on their way to practice.
According to the Vero Beach Police Department, 1 person was killed, and 13 others were injured including both drivers. The van was carrying 12 members of the team and was traveling south when it made a left turn to go over a bridge. A male driving a Dodge pickup truck slammed into the front passenger side of the van.
Students in another van that was carrying the other members of the team witnessed the crash. Grace Rhett, who was a member of the class of 2022, died at the scene. She had just turned 20 the day before the crash.