Monday, August 16, 2010

Child killed in fiery crash in Glades

Child killed in fiery crash in Glades

By Andrew Abramson and Willie Howard Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

— A child was killed and three others were injured in a crash on U.S. 27 this afternoon.
According to Palm Beach County Sheriff's Sgt. John Churchill, a Ford Sport Trac pickup truck on a rural stretch of U.S. 27 came off the northbound lane into a grassy median, rolled over and caught on fire. The man driving the truck was transported by Trauma Hawk to Delray Medical Center, while two of his sons were taken by ambulance to the same hospital.
The body of the man's 9-year-old son was still in the median hours after the crash, covered by a yellow plastic bag, while authorities waited for the medical examiner to officially pronounce him dead.
"(The truck) was so charred it was hard to even get a VIN number," Churchill said.
Bystanders reportedly helped pull victims from the burning vehicle shortly after the crash, which happened around 1:40 p.m.
"People along the mix of cars pulled over and helped out and from what I understand, everybody who got out was pulled out," he said.
Vehicle homicide investigators are continuing to investigate the crash, and don't know what caused the accident. A spokesman for the Sheriff's Department said the investigators were looking into all possible variables, including the roadway or the possibility of a blown tire or vehicle malfunction.

Fuel System Integrity Problems Remain in Light Trucks and Utility Vehicles

The auto industry has made progress in the design of safer fuel systems for passenger cars, but the industry has been grossly negligent in failing to follow similar safety standards for light trucks and utility vehicles. These vehicles are frequently used as passenger cars, but they are exempt from most crashworthiness standards — including standards relating to fuel system integrity. There is no excuse for these omissions except lack of perseverance by the government and the financial greed and political clout of the auto industry.
In any case, innocent members of the public are still the victims.

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