09/16/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Tampa, FL—A violent six-vehicle collision, in which an 82,122-pound crane was also involved, left at least nine people with injuries before noon Thursday, September 16, 2010. The pile-up occurred at Hillsborough Avenue and 56th Street in Tampa, according to information provided by ABC Action News.
Reports indicated Hillsborough County Sheriff Deputy Deborah Walker was in her marked patrol car, which was stopped at a red light in the inside lane of N. 56th Street. When the light to cross East Hillsborough Ave. turned green, Walker proceeded forward.
As she did so, a 2002 Koehring crane smashed into the side of the HCSO patrol vehicle. The force of the initial crash caused the patrol car to hit a Honda CRV in the next lane.
The driver of the large crane alleged a mechanical failure prevented him from being able to apply the crane’s brakes. According to an eyewitness at the scene, “When the truck hit the cops, big noise happened. That’s why everybody wondered what happened.”
However, that was not the end of the commotion. After the crane broadsided the patrol car into the Honda, both vehicles careened into a 1997 Dodge van.
The van was then thrust backward, causing it to crash into the front of a Hartline Bus, which was stopped at a red traffic signal on Hillsborough Ave. A 2000 Sterling Dump truck was also involved in the crash.
The HCSO patrol car was reportedly totaled. Luckily, the driver’s portion of the vehicle was not crushed in the wreck. Deputy Walker, a 26-year veteran, suffered serious injuries and was rushed to an area hospital for treatment.
At least nine other crash victims sustained non-life threatening injuries in the chain-reaction collision. Investigations are expected to be underway.
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