Multiple Vehicle Collision on Hermitage Blvd. and Capital Circle

By: Ashley Mitchem Email
By: Ashley Mitchem Email

Tallahassee, FL -- October 30, 2011

A four vehicle collision involving a fire truck on an emergency call, sent one woman to the hospital this afternoon.

It all happened at about two o clock on capital circle and hermitage boulevard.

A pick-up truck crashed into a SUV trying to make a turn. That caused the SUV to crash into the fire truck. The pick-up truck then clipped the fourth vehicle.

The woman in the SUV went to the hospital, the others involved have no serious injuries.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 at 03:35 PM
    Since I was there from start to finish I can assure you it was "just an accident"
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      by Brian on Nov 1, 2011 at 05:00 AM in reply to
      "Accidents" just don't happen. Someone was not driving in a careful manner and I bet the "Crash" report shows someone at fault.
  • by Jerry Location: Capital on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM
    Here is the law (main parts) on yielding to emergency vehicles: (1)(a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle, while en route to meet an existing emergency, the driver of every other vehicle shall, when such emergency vehicle is giving audible signals by siren, exhaust whistle, or other adequate device, or visible signals by the use of displayed blue or red lights, yield the right-of-way to the emergency vehicle and shall immediately proceed to a position parallel to, and as close as reasonable to the closest edge of the curb of the roadway, clear of any intersection and shall stop and remain in position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, unless otherwise directed by any law enforcement officer. This section does not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    As far as this wreck at Hermitage is concerned, the fire engine was at a complete stop and had not even begun to enter the intersection when the wreck occurred. It was the third vehicle hit. It was just an accident.
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      by Jerry on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:18 PM in reply to
      No such thing as "just an accident"
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        by SH88 on Oct 31, 2011 at 04:03 PM in reply to Jerry
        But there's such thing as "an accident" your parents should have explained that you along time ago.
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          by Jerry on Nov 1, 2011 at 05:02 AM in reply to SH88
          I know what an "accident" is moron. Trying looking it up in a dictionary. When someone is driving and NOT paying attention, NOT using common sense, then that is no accident, it's a crash.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 at 05:55 PM in reply to Jerry
        I agree. An accident is unavoidable. A crash is due to not paying attention and contributing to the crash. This was NO accident. It could have been prevented had other been paying attention.
  • by Pepsi is better Location: TLH on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    Why do so many of your people make so many problems out of everything? Stick to the facts! If the facts aren't given it's because they aren't known or you don't need to know. If you're going to find every little problem (usually making problems up) do it to things that actually matter.
  • by Brandon Location: Tally on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    It isnt the emergency responders in this town. It the people who feel they have no obligation to pull over, or blare their music so loud they dont hear the siren until last second. Driving in this town is on a steady decline and now local LE is getting the perfect reason to actually enforce traffic laws. Saw a deputy on north monroe that did nothing the other day as two yellow crotch rockets did 70-75 swerving in front of cars and breaking
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      by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2011 at 06:24 AM in reply to Brandon
      probably because he knew he couldn't catch them and it would have caused more harm than good to try and chase them down...or he was on his doughnut break!
  • by strobe on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    I have taken my EVOC, emergency vehicle ops course. The number one killer of all first responders is traffic accidents. Yes, sometimes the people driving the emergency vehicle are at fault. But majority of the time it is the other vehicles fault. Like trying to blow through the yellow light to make it, or playing with the radio, having the radio up to loud to where you cant hear the sirens, and also use of a cellphone. Another thing, people think that if the emergency vehicle is going the opposite direction that they dont have to stop... well they do. Any time an emergency vehicle is present, all other vehicles do have to come to a complete stop.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 at 07:18 AM
    I saw the glass in the road before knowing what had happened. My first thought was 'how did it happen here?' The glass was in the Hermitage portion of the road before the intersection.
  • by D'Oh Location: Tallahassee on Oct 31, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    This is at least the third accident involving a TFD fire truck this year. I know Leon County EMS, FHP, and LCSO have had a few too. I am really starting to get concerned about the safety of our emergency responder drivers in this town. Maybe it's time for some remedial Emergency Vehicle Operations training in this region. I'd love to see a WCTV follow up on this trend.
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      by PrezNixon on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:25 AM in reply to D'Oh
      That is my point of asking the question that I have asked......below should be some of the explanations. If they followed Chuck's common sense, we will have many more accidents. Yes all vehicles have to yield to emergency vehicles, but emergency vehicle still have to use 'nessessarey safe operation'. and yes Chuck, I did read the Statutes and my point makes more sense than yours.
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        by Chuck on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:08 AM in reply to PrezNixon
        Sorry Nixon, but I don't agree your comment. YOU said emergency vehicles are "required to stop at red lights" and I pointed out the correct Florida Statute which says they do not BUT must use "due care." How does your comment make more sense? If people use more common sense, pay attention to their surroundings and YIELD to emergency vehicles like they should, then there would be less crashes. HOW would you have MORE crashed by using common sense? You are a moron....sorry, just being honest.
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          by Steve on Nov 1, 2011 at 07:38 AM in reply to Chuck
          @ Chuck; I see through your lack of any understanding of what Prez said...what a real moron is.......
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      by Dude on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:33 AM in reply to D'Oh
      The law says yield to emergency vehicles! Maybe you should get remedial driver's ed training!
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        by PrezNixon on Oct 31, 2011 at 09:26 AM in reply to Dude
        Hey Dude...I know the law...My point is if the motorcycle did not hear the emergency siren....and had a green light and the intersection is blind...the memergency vehicle HAS to proceed only when it is safe....why dont you answer a simple question instead of snarky senseless remarks. Maybe you should read the law...DUDE!
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          by Chuck on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:13 AM in reply to PrezNixon
          You have already proved by your first comment about emergency vehicles being required to stop at red lights that you DON'T KNOW THE LAW. Try reading the Florida Statutes about being required to reduce your speed while going thru an intersection and yielding to ALL OTHER VEHICLES which may be so close as to be a hazard. If it was the "blind spot's" fault then people would get hit there all the time. Again, it comes down to common sense which you are lacking. President Nixon was a moron as well so your name is appropriate.
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          by Tom on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM in reply to PrezNixon
          If, if , if....stick to the known facts.
  • by Chuck Location: Tally on Oct 31, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    Where does it say in Florida Statutes that emergency vehicles have to "stop" at red lights? Well, guess what, it does not say that in Florida Statutes. It just say they are required to use due care. The individual departments can be more restrictive in their policy and mandate their emergency vehicles stop at all red lights and stop signs, such as FHP does. Try reading Florida Statute 316.072 and get your facts straight before making comments which are not accurate. The motorcyclist and ALL vehicles are required to yield to the emergency vehicle even if the emergency vehicle is not using due care. It's a common sense issue.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 at 06:50 AM in reply to Chuck
      Thank you
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      by PrezNixon on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:21 AM in reply to Chuck
      An emergency vehicle may....... 2. Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation; They cannot just run a traffic signal or stop sign with-out checking for safety first...that is my point. So yes they are required to slow down until it is safe to cross. Common sense, (they must stop if not safe) yes. so someone was at fault at the accident I speak of. Just looking for clarification. that is a blind corner and emergency vehicle has to watch if they have a red (stop) light.
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        by Chuck on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM in reply to PrezNixon
        Again since you are slow minded, WHERE does it say the emegency vehicle "MUST STOP?"
  • by PrezNixon on Oct 31, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    I am still waiting results from the investigation of the fire truck that hit and killed a motorcyclist a couple of months ago. Someone had to be at fault. Emergency vehicles have to stop at red lights and make sure the road is 'clear' before proceeding....So they either didn't stop or the motorcyclist ran the light......could some reporter please check what the final conclusion was?
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      by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 at 06:51 AM in reply to PrezNixon
      The motorcycle actually hit the fire engine not the other way around.
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        by Really on Oct 31, 2011 at 09:56 AM in reply to
        How do you know the motorcylce hit the fire truck?
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          by SH88 on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:15 AM in reply to Really
          The motorcycle ran into the side the of the fire truck or "t-boned" the fire truck. But that's another story.
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      by Wesley on Oct 31, 2011 at 06:58 AM in reply to PrezNixon
      FYI, emergency vehicles are NOT required to stop under Florida law.
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        by Law Clerk on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:59 AM in reply to Wesley
        Wesley, emergency vehicles may not take the right-of-way and are required to stop if the right of way is not yielded to them at a red light. Emergency vehicles may only proceed through the red light if the vehicles in the cross street stop. If the driver of the emergency vehicle does proceed without first verifying that the cross traffic has stopped the driver of the emergency vehicle can be charged. However, the driver of the other vehicle can also be charged with failing to yield the right-of-way. (Title XXIII Motor Vehicles Section 316.001)
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          by Wesley on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:48 AM in reply to Law Clerk
          My point was Florida law does not read anywhere that emergency vehicles "MUST STOP." It clearly indicates the emergency vehicles must slow down and that they are not relieved from using due care. 316.001 reads "316.001 Short title.—This chapter may be known and cited as the “Florida Uniform Traffic Control Law", so what does that have to do with anything? 316.072 is the statute you need to read and as a 23 year veteran of law enforcement, I probably know more about real life situations than you do. The emergency driver could only be charged in the REAL WORLD if he/she failed to use due care when going thru the intersection, for example, he/she blew thru a red light without slowing down or no lights/or siren activated. If the emergency vehicle slows down, has all it's emergency lights/siren activated, uses due care and someone hits the emergency vehicle, the emergency vehicle driver would never be at fault. So, I do not agree with all of your comment but it was well worded, but the law you are talking about is thru an attorney's eyes and not common sense.
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      by Law Clerk on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:05 AM in reply to PrezNixon
      The engine did proceed through the red light after the engineer verified that the traffic on Mission Road had yielded the right-of-way. The motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed and illegally passed the vehicles that had stopped to yield to allow the fire engine to proceed. The engine was in route to an emergency while displaying red lights and had its siren on. The motorcycle struck the front-right corner of the engine. The motorcyclist was travelling above the posted speed limit, passed in a no passing zone, and failed to yield to an emergency vehicle.
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