A man has been charged with careless driving after allegedly causing a five-car accident on the Blue Angel Parkway that sent six people to the hospital.
A 46-year-old Mississippi man was reportedly driving down the Parkway when he came to the intersection with U.S. 90. Cars had stopped at that intersection, the Florida Highway Patrol said, but the man did not slow down and simply piled into the back of the stopped vehicles.
The first car he hit with his F-150 pickup was a Honda CR-V. A 44-year-old man was driving. His passengers included a 58-year-old woman, who is now in critical condition, and two 11-year-old children, who are both listed as being in serious condition. There was also a 41-year-old woman in the car. She and the driver both received minor injuries.
The older woman had to be taken to Sacred Heart Hospital. The rest of the group was treated at West Florida Hospital.
The crash slammed all of the cars forward, knocking them into a Jeep Patriot, a Dodge Charger, and a GMC Yukon in a chair reaction. A woman in the Charger was hurt and taken to West Florida Hospital, as well. Two elderly individuals were in the Yukon, but they were not hurt.
The Florida Highway Patrol said that everyone had their seat belts on. They also gave the man in the F-150 careless driving charges. No more specific cause for the accident has been given at this time.
This case illustrates how many people can quickly be injured in a chain reaction wreck. Those facing injuries of any severity may be able to seek compensation.
Source: Pensacola News Journal, "5-car pileup on Blue Angel Parkway sends 6 to hospital," Dec. 22, 2016