On Sunday morning in the Loxahatchee area, a three-vehicle collision occurred, resulting in seven people being transported to hospitals. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office provided this information.
Due to the high number of victims, the incident was classified as a mass casualty event. Local hospitals and trauma centers were alerted to anticipate a potential influx of patients, according to a statement from the agency in response to a WPTV inquiry.
At approximately 9:58 a.m., emergency crews were dispatched to the scene of the crash, which occurred between Arden Lake Way and State Road 80 (Southern Boulevard) in Loxahatchee near the Arden residential development.
A 2017 Toyota RAV 4, driven by a 28-year-old woman from West Palm Beach, and a 2022 Tesla, driven by a 41-year-old man from Loxahatchee, were both stopped at the intersection, preparing to make an eastbound turn.
A 2020 Chevy 1500, driven by a 53-year-old man from Homestead, was traveling westbound on Southern Boulevard and ran a red light, according to a crash report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
The Chevy collided with both of the other vehicles.
A passenger in the Tesla, a 56-year-old woman from Loxahatchee, was ejected from the vehicle and became trapped beneath the driver’s side tire, as reported by PBSO.
The passenger in the Tesla, as well as the drivers of the Chevy and Toyota, were transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach with injuries that were not life-threatening.
The driver of the Tesla, along with three other passengers in the vehicle (all from the same family), a 64-year-old man, a 38-year-old woman, and a 22-year-old woman, were taken to HCA Palms West in Loxahatchee by ground transportation, also with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Initially, PBCFR had stated that four vehicles and six occupants were involved in the incident.