While head-on collisions only account for an estimated 2% of all traffic accidents, they account for over 10% of all traffic fatalities. Head-on accidents can lead to injuries such as spinal injuries, brain injuries, broken bones, paralysis, and other catastrophic injuries. These accidents are often more serious because of the speeds that are involved. There are multiple reasons that a head-on accident can occur. One of the most common reasons for a head-on collision is intoxication. Another reason is driver distraction; they are looking at something other than the roadway and veer into oncoming traffic.
WCTV reports that an accident on US Highway 331 killed three people.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a multi-vehicle accident that claimed the lives of three people. The crash occurred on US Highway 331 near SW Winchester Glen. 73-year-old Jerry Harrell of Hawthorne, Florida was headed southbound and was right behind another vehicle.
Harrell crashed into the rear end of that vehicle. This collision sent Harrell’s vehicle careening into oncoming traffic, where it struck a Kia Soul being driven by 88-year-old Stanley Herman head-on.
Following the head-on accident, a fourth vehicle being driven by 28-year-old James Stokes, Jr hit the right side of Stanley’s vehicle.
Jerry, Stanley, and an 86-year-old passenger of Stanley’s, Edie Herman, all died on the scene. 37-year-old Robert Clemons, who was the driver of the rear-ended vehicle, suffered from minor injuries.
It is unknown if alcohol was involved in the crash.