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Fatal car crash that claimed 2 lives: unclear if Irma to blame

On Sept. 10 in Florida, in the midst of Hurricane Irma, a car crash occurred that claimed the lives of two law enforcement officers. It is unclear whether the main cause of the crash was due to driver negligence or from complications that arose from driving in the hazardous weather conditions created by hurricane Irma.

The two law enforcement officers were in separate vehicles when they collided, striking each other head-on. Both were driving in relation to their duties - one after attending a hurricane shelter, and the other on their way to report at the Hardee Correctional Institution.

The incident took place at around 6.30 a.m. on State Road 66 in Zolfo Springs, and was reported by a spokesperson at Gov. Rick Scott's office just before 11 a.m.

Hazardous weather conditions, especially in the extreme case of Hurricane Irma, present many dangers to drivers even when they are driving with full competence and safety. It is extremely important to check the details of any arising weather conditions, particularly before undertaking a long distance or interstate drive.

Flooding, strong winds and danger of falling objects are all very real dangers in hurricane-prone areas as well as in places that experience milder storms. It's vital to listen to the advice of your local authorities and be vigilant to potential hazards. This remains true both during and after the storm has taken place, because hazards can present themselves after floodwaters recede.

Proving driver negligence can be difficult in any case, but it is especially complex when extreme weather conditions are added to the mix. Legal advice should be sought to establish liability.

Source: Miami herald, "Unclear if Irma contributed to crash that killed 2 law enforcement officers," Kristen M Clark, Sep. 10, 2017

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