If you were one of the hundreds of drivers driving on U.S. Highway 19 near Curlew Road yesterday evening, you were probably stuck in traffic because of this bad car accident. According to TBO.com, this car accident involved 10 vehicles and sent two adults and one infant to the emergency room.
According to the TBO.com story, a little after 5:00 p.m., a Ford F250 pulling a trailer lost control of the trailer as he tried to change lanes causing the pickup and trailer to spin out of control. As a result, the pickup collided with a 2009 Toyota Corolla and a 2004 Ford F250. The trailer then disconnected from the pickup truck causing it to overturn and strike three other vehicles. This caused several additional car accidents. These crashes caused Paniphone Cinnavongsa, of Pinellas Park, to be airlifted to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with serious injuries and Brittany Adams, 23, of New Port Richey, and her passenger, 1-year-old Carter Knight, to be taken to Mease Countryside Hospital.
The driver of the truck pulling the trailer was cited for careless driving, according to the highway patrol. The incident closed the southbound lanes of U.S. 19 in the area about two hours.
The "Pray for Me I Drive on U.S. 19" bumper sticker still has meaning decades after it was created. U.S. 19 is a dangerous road for car accidents – some minor rear-end accidents, but many major car accidents. If you drive on U.S. 19 regularly, check your automobile insurance coverage and make sure you carry underinsured motorist coverage. We don't know what the pickup's bodily injury liability coverage is, but it is probably not enough to cover all the injuries in this crash. If you are involved in a multi-vehicle car accident, underinsured motorist coverage will likely be needed.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don't.
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