Accidents do happen all of the times. But his horrible crash here in College Park might be one of the effects of improper overgrowth and hazardous traffic conditions within our communities. It all trickles down from the top of population, developments that may not really do the proper traffic studies. Pesdestrian safety will always be my number one goal.
And as the article states, Orlando’s Transportation Systems Manager, Cade Braud, said the city is looking at ways to deal with speeding issues in that area.
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1 dead, 2 hurt in crash with ambulance in Orlando
Fatal wreck prompts closure of Edgewater Drive at Princeton Street
ORLANDO, Fla. – A fatal two-vehicle crash involving an ambulance left one person dead and forced authorities to close a major roadway in Orlando, according to police.
The wreck happened around 2:45 a.m. at Edgewater Drive and West Smith Street.
Orlando police said an Orlando Fire Department rescue vehicle and a Kia sedan collided, sending the ambulance into an electrical pole and Macbeth Studio, an art gallery on Edgewater Drive. One person in the car died and two others were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, police said.
Police said the Kia hit the driver’s side of the ambulance when the fire rescue vehicle entered the intersection. The department identified the passenger who died as 24-year-old Kameron J. Payne from Apopka.
Officials said the Kia caught fire and two EMTs in the ambulance extinguished the flames and rendered aid to the surviving victims.
The occupants of the OFD vehicle were taken to Advent Health, but they did not suffer serious injuries, according to police.
The ambulance was not responding to a call at the time of the crash and did not have its lights or sirens activated, according to officials, who added that there was not a patient on board.
There is no obvious structural damage to the building, police said.
Edgewater Drive was closed northbound at West Princeton Street and southbound at Vassar Street, it reopened shortly before 11 a.m. Westbound Smith Street from Edgewater Drive was closed while crews work to repair a damaged power pole and wires but reopened around 3 p.m., according to police.
No other details on the crash have been released.
Orlando’s Transportation Systems Manager, Cade Braud, said the city is looking at ways to deal with speeding issues in that area.
“Over the years we have received some calls and some emails about speeding,” Braud said. “We’ve been working for several years now on different strategies for speed management.”
He added that some traffic calming devices are already in place.
“These are devices that you drive over. It’s a device that are used to keep the speeds at a certain level on a street. So, some of that work has been done more recently on the southern part of Edgewater drive,” Braud said.
People living and working in the area have said speeding has been a problem in the area.
“It’s definitely hazardous.” Paul Hughart, owner of New Moon Market said. “I’ve literally I’ve had to run out of the way of cars myself.”