Accidents close turnpike near I-75 --...

Accidents close turnpike near I-75 -- Disasters and Accidents, ...

There are 37 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Mar 25, 2008, titled Accidents close turnpike near I-75 -- Disasters and Accidents, .... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A three-mile northbound stretch of the Florida Turnpike in Sumter County is closed after two separate vehicle accidents that possibly killed one worker and critically injured several others just before 11 a.m. ...

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Red light Rosie

Apopka, FL

#1 Mar 25, 2008
How awful!

STOP SPEEDING !
Never more than 5% over the limit.
Never over at all in a construction zone.

STOP TAILGATING

USE TURN SIGNALS

Head out early for appointments.
If not, show up late.

I'll wait for you, gentlemen.
Motorist

AOL

#2 Mar 25, 2008
No matter how many cones,signs, barriers, warning lights, etc. you may install, there is no place to hide from 80,000+lbs. semis barreling down the road next to you at 75MPH+.
UK Chris

Coventry, UK

#3 Mar 25, 2008
I'm not surprised at this.

I've just spent 2 weeks in Florida and was shocked by the standard of driving over there. Everyone is so agressive, cutting you up all the time and overtaking on both sides (which is illegal in europe).

On the day we left (20 March) there were 6 crashes within an hour of each other on I4 before noon.

I drive 40,000 miles a year in the UK and our speeds are much higher than in the US and never see the amount of wrecks and bad driving you see over there.
Bizzy

Lake Mary, FL

#4 Mar 25, 2008
Red light Rosie wrote:
How awful!
STOP SPEEDING !
Never more than 5% over the limit.
Never over at all in a construction zone.
STOP TAILGATING
USE TURN SIGNALS
Head out early for appointments.
If not, show up late.
I'll wait for you, gentlemen.
Use turn signals???
How about, STOP CHANGING LANES NEEDLESSLY??
Just so everyone knows, you really aren't getting there any faster unless we're both heading to Maine.
it's horrible that these two guys (presumably) were killed. Their funeral procession should close both directions of travel just to make a statement that others are affected by your(generically) actions on the roads.
-nothin' but respect for construction crews-
we go

Orlando, FL

#6 Mar 25, 2008
UK Chris wrote:
I'm not surprised at this.
I've just spent 2 weeks in Florida and was shocked by the standard of driving over there. Everyone is so agressive, cutting you up all the time and overtaking on both sides (which is illegal in europe).
On the day we left (20 March) there were 6 crashes within an hour of each other on I4 before noon.
I drive 40,000 miles a year in the UK and our speeds are much higher than in the US and never see the amount of wrecks and bad driving you see over there.
True,we're not the brightest bulbs on this side of the pond.
Square Egg

Orlando, FL

#7 Mar 25, 2008
Bizzy wrote:
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Use turn signals???
How about, STOP CHANGING LANES NEEDLESSLY??
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Anyway, it seems that in "Deep South" of the USA people don't have any idea WHY cars are equipped in these turn signals!
Andrew

Apopka, FL

#8 Mar 25, 2008
Not sure if it would've helped in this case, but Florida should use more of these.. they are placed on the back of the rear truck in a work crew in case someone plows into them.
http://www.energyabsorption.com/products_work...
According to Matthew

United States

#9 Mar 25, 2008
This is so sad. A father and a son.
Scott

Fort Myers, FL

#12 Mar 25, 2008
This state has the worst driving I've ever seen. I lived outside of L.A. and see better drivers. When I went home to Buffalo a few years ago I thought I was in heaven. Reasonable speeds, turn signals!, people stayed in the right lane unless they were passing or turning.

So sorry to hear two innocent people lost their lives because of something like this.
Meg

Washington, DC

#13 Mar 25, 2008
I drove to Tampa last week and was amazed at the difference between the manners of the drivers in Orlando and those in Tampa. Tampa's were so much better the difference was black and white. An easy flow regardless of how congested it was, everyone just took it in stride.

People of Central Florida, you need to chill out. Tailgating and flipping out is not going to get you there any faster, and may in fact slow you down a LOT if you end up dead.
Cynic

Spring Hill, FL

#14 Mar 25, 2008
Una Paloma Blanca wrote:
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It's the Puerto Ricans. You don't have Ricans in the UK. They bring their island driving skills with them to Florida. Have you ever been to San Juan? They ignore stop signs, drive on the sidewalks, speed, tailgate and generally have no respect for traffic laws.
Man, you freakin' racists are everywhere! How about, we're just a bunch or moronic drivers in the US? Most places I've lived or driven has their own bad habits.
Just a little while

Titusville, FL

#15 Mar 25, 2008
My thoughts go out the family of friends of these workers. How shameful that something like this happens! To whomever was speeding, judgement will come eventually.
horseryder

Orlando, FL

#16 Mar 25, 2008
Very sad...my thoughts and prayers go out to the family!
Falo portugues

Apopka, FL

#20 Mar 25, 2008
Una Paloma Blanca wrote:
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It's the Puerto Ricans. You don't have Ricans in the UK. They bring their island driving skills with them to Florida. Have you ever been to San Juan? They ignore stop signs, drive on the sidewalks, speed, tailgate and generally have no respect for traffic laws.
BRAZILIANS are WORSE!
They don't stop for signs, signal or obey limits in Brazil.
STOP= drop your speed by 10

They're invading Florida.
Tired Commuter

Redwood City, CA

#21 Mar 25, 2008
Red light Rosie wrote:
STOP SPEEDING !
Sure, when the speed limits aren't set arbitrarily low for revenue enhancement. A 6 lane road with a 35mph limit is just wrong.
Red light Rosie wrote:
STOP TAILGATING
Sure, when you get the hell out of my way and stop hogging the left lane.
Red light Rosie wrote:
USE TURN SIGNALS
Nope, sorry... using turn signals is giving information to the enemy. You gotta keep the cars guessing.
Darwin

Somerset, NJ

#22 Mar 25, 2008
I have to agree. Young Hispanics in the NY Metro area all seem to go to a secret class on how to break every law possible in as short a time as possible. Those little rice burners with the stupid mufflers that makes the car sound like it has a bad case of the f.a.r.t.s .....
King Charles

San Antonio, TX

#24 Mar 25, 2008
UK Chris wrote:
I'm not surprised at this.
I've just spent 2 weeks in Florida and was shocked by the standard of driving over there. Everyone is so agressive, cutting you up all the time and overtaking on both sides (which is illegal in europe).
On the day we left (20 March) there were 6 crashes within an hour of each other on I4 before noon.
I drive 40,000 miles a year in the UK and our speeds are much higher than in the US and never see the amount of wrecks and bad driving you see over there.
Well do all of us Americans a favor and DONT come back Mr. Limey. part of the problem is all of you damn UK tourists clogging our roads making us late. We wont miss you.
Pissing me Off

United States

#25 Mar 25, 2008
This is tragic and I feel so sorry for the family. At least they will be together entering the afterworld and not scared and alone...

As far as crazy drivers in Florida, I lived there 13 years before moving and it's got to be one of the worst. First of all they put young immature drivers behind the wheel at an early age, everyone wants to be fast and furious drivers, and these damn cars have Nitrox to go faster. I remember being on I-4 once (backed up traffic of course) and a car speeds by me in left the shoulder lane, going at least 50!!
clr33

United States

#26 Mar 25, 2008
Actually, I have been working in San Juan for the past 2 days, and have been down here on and off for years. I don't see any of the issues you mention, and in fact I am rarely stuck in miles of traffic due to accidents on my way to work. Stop trying to blame a culture for something, and start taking personal responsibility for your own driving habits. If everyone did that - there would be a lot fewer accidents on the highway.
Una Paloma Blanca wrote:
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It's the Puerto Ricans. You don't have Ricans in the UK. They bring their island driving skills with them to Florida. Have you ever been to San Juan? They ignore stop signs, drive on the sidewalks, speed, tailgate and generally have no respect for traffic laws.
Falo portugues

Apopka, FL

#27 Mar 25, 2008
Tired Commuter wrote:
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Sure, when the speed limits aren't set arbitrarily low
Hats off to someone
who knows how to reply
without repeating the entire posting!!!!!

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