The Florida Highway Patrol is looking into a crash on State Road 528 early on Monday that claimed one life and hospitalized seven others. The collision took place in Orange County shortly after 8 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the interstate, just to the west of the State Road 520 overpass.
According to police, a BMW was being driven by a 75-year-old Cocoa Beach woman who was in the inside eastbound lanes, directly in front of a Ford Transit van that was also moving eastward.
The FHP claims the driver of the BMW lost control, veered off the left side of the road, then overcorrected back to the right, directly into the path of the transit van. The vehicle spun off the left side of the road when the front of the BMW collided with the back of the van.
Orange County Traffic Alert:
State Road 528 eastbound is currently blocked at mile marker 33 due to a fatal crash. Traffic is being diverted off of State Road 520 in the Christmas area. Troopers are on-scene to investigate. Drivers need to use caution and find an alternate route. pic.twitter.com/55EwWsizFc
— FHP Orlando (@FHPOrlando) April 10, 2023
After making their rightward overcorrection, the van’s driver, according to crash investigators, crossed all lanes of eastbound traffic before slamming into a railing and spinning onto its right side on the road. The van’s solely female adult passenger was ejected from the car and was declared dead at the site.
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The van’s 45-year-old Kissimmee resident driver and six other passengers were sent to Orlando Regional Medical Center to receive minor injuries treatment. The BMW’s female driver ultimately came to rest on the grassy shoulder on the right side of the road.
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She remained at the site to speak with troopers despite being unharmed. When troopers investigated the collision, the eastbound lanes of State Route 528 were closed for several hours. The road has since been cleared. Investigations into the collision are ongoing.
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