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Tire Separation Likely Cause of Fatal Auto Crashes in Florida

A preliminary investigation shows a front tire malfunction may have caused a fatal single-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in Titusville, about 40 miles east of Orlando.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), three people died and eight others were injured when an SUV carrying all eleven lost control and rolled over several times. The three deceased girls, all under the age of 18, were pronounced dead at the scene. Six of the eight injured were treated at area hospitals. Among the injured was a child who was ejected over a perimeter fence, and found after rescuers heard the child crying. It is unclear whether or not all occupants were wearing seatbelts.

The crash follows a crash earlier this month in Juniper, Florida in which a woman lost control of her minivan, veered into a concrete barrier and then bounced into the path of an SUV. Four of her children and two other adults died in the crash. Three people died at the scene of the crash, and three others succumbed to their injuries at local hospitals. The driver and her 11-year-old son suffered serious injuries. Several victims were ejected from the vehicle. The FHP believe the crash was caused by a separated tire. It is unclear whether any of the eight passengers in the minivan were wearing seat belts.

Did the tires fail because they were defective? Did the vehicles roll over because of a defective design? Once a tire loses its tread, it can become difficult even for experienced drivers to regain control of the vehicle.

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