FDOT to make slippery stretch of I-95 in Lake Worth more sticky to prevent wrecks

By Angel Streeter, Sun Sentinel
LAKE WORTH, Fla. — Drivers finding themselves skidding on a slippery section of Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County will soon find better traction on their commutes.

A sticky overlay to prevent skidding is going in between Sixth Avenue South and Lake Worth Road later this month to put the brakes on the large number of crashes that have been occurring there.

Between 2008 and 2010, 148 crashes occurred between Sixth Avenue and Lake Worth, and 70 percent of those crashes happened when the pavement was wet, according to a FDOT traffic study.

It’s one of several areas on the highway in Palm Beach that FDOT found needed more friction to keep vehicles from skidding. In those locations, the state has installed a skid-resistant product — a new effort introduced in Palm Beach and Broward counties in the last couple of years.

“It has a little extra traction on it that makes the tires adhere better to the road,” said Barbara Kelleher, a FDOT spokeswoman.

The state DOT already has applied the paint-like, gritty substance to sections of southbound I-95 at Belvedere Road and Congress Avenue.

In Broward, the department installed it on Sheridan Road at North 29th Avenue, on exit and entrance ramps for Interstate 75 at Royal Palm Boulevard and on the ramps going into the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The overlay typically is being put in where part of the highway is actually a concrete bridge that goes over a local road or canal.

For instance, the section of I-95 between Sixth Avenue and Lake Worth is actually a bridge going over Lake Worth Road. And the part of Sheridan Road that got the skid-prevention overlay is a bridge that goes over the CSX Railroad tracks.

On those concrete bridges, the state adds grooves to prevent vehicles from hydroplaning. They’re lines covering the whole bridge that are about 1/8 of an inch deep and wide. When it rains, water flows into the grooves and drains to the sides of the road.

But overtime, those grooves can wear down, providing less drainage and more opportunities for drivers to spin out of control.

Replacing a bridge deck or trying to regroove it can be pricey and dicey. So the department turned to the sticky covering with a simple application.

“It looks like they’re painting the road,” Kelleher said.

The department also has found it useful on ramps where drivers are going faster than they should on hairpin curves.

The Sixth Avenue project will begin March 14, costing $1.8 million. The work is expected to be done by the end of the summer.

Posted by Scott T. Smith / CBS12 News
FDOT to make slippery stretch of I-95 in Lake Worth more sticky to prevent wrecks

Crash closes intersection of Forest Hill Blvd. and 441, one driver flown as trauma …

UPDATE: The intersection of Forest Hill and 441 has reopened, but two of three eastbound lanes on Forest Hill are closed.

Use Lake Worth Road as an alternative route.

Earlier story:

A rollover crash on Forest Hill Boulevard just east of 441 is causing major traffic delays.

Rescue crews found a two-vehicle accident with a truck on its side and the occupant trapped inside. Firefighters extracted the woman.

They determined that the woman, 35, had suffered injuries that made her a trauma alert patient and she is being transported by Trauma Hawk to Delray Medical Center.

Drivers should avoid the area if possible.

Father charged after 3-year-old daughter fatally shot self

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) – A Lake Worth father is now facing charges of
aggravated manslaughter of a child after his 3-year-old daughter shot
and killed herself with his gun on February 13.

The incident occurred at a home in the 1200 block of North O Street.

father of the child, Thomas Chambers, 41, told PBSO he left his
Kel-Tec 9 millimeter pistol on a table, so he would not forget it before
he left for work.

Chambers said he was getting dressed after
taking a shower and heard “a very loud pop”.  He ran to the child and
discovered his daughter had shot herself.

When PBSO investigated, they also discovered a semi-automatic pistol was loaded near a child’s play pen.

During their investigation, they also discovered this wasn’t the first time the child had handled the weapon.

child’s mother, who also lives in the home, said she remembered another
incident in which she woke up in her bed with the child over her and
pointing the gun at her. 

Chambers acknowledged this happened because he was lying in bed next to his wife when it occurred.

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Driver escapes before truck smashed by South Florida commuter train


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LAKE WORTH, Florida — A man was able to get out of his truck just moments before officials say it was hit by a South Florida commuter train.

Varoly Olivares says he was following GPS directions in Lake Worth just after 5 a.m. Friday when he turned onto the railroad tracks. By the time he realized his error and tried to back off, his truck got stuck. Then he saw a southbound Tri-Rail train heading right for him.

The Palm Beach Post (http://goo.gl/AgS69Y ) reports that Olivares escaped, but his truck was wrecked. The crash held up traffic for several hours.

A Tri-Rail spokeswoman says none of the 40 passengers and crew on the train was injured. Commuter trains running through that stretch of Palm Beach County experienced delays the rest of the morning.

Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

Man arrested after fleeing a hit-and-run on I-95, causing another crash and …

A Lake Worth man who fled an accident on Interstate 95 last week crashed into another car that night, injuring several people, police said.

Palm Beach County sheriff’s officers Thursday arrested Carlitos Francois, 19, at his home. He faces three counts of hit-and-run charges and one of reckless driving. He was released from the county jail on Friday on $20,000 bail.

On Feb. 21, Francois and his friend Linson Senelus were driving on I-95 when they got into an accident, according to the arrest report. Both men told officers that a red SUV hit their car repeatedly, so Francois tried to get away by exiting the highway.

A Florida Highway Patrol investigation determined Francois caused the accident with the red SUV, the arrest report said.

The two men told officers that the SUV continued to follow their car, so they sped away until they hit a second car near Lake Avenue and South H Street.

Tri-Rail train hits truck in Lake Worth

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) – An unoccupied vehicle was hit by a Tri-Rail train in Lake Worth Friday morning.

The crash occurred at 5:09 a.m. on 6th Avenue at Alpine Avenue causing area road closures.

Tri-Rail spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold said a northbound train struck a truck that was on the track. No one was injured.

Tri-Rail has set up a bus service between the Lake Worth and Boynton Beach stations while the track is being cleared.

Train service is delayed about 30 minutes due to the crash.

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Driver: I was following GPS when I turned onto train tracks

Updated: 6:42 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 | Posted: 6:05 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Motorcyclist, SUV driver injured in crash in Greenacres

Updated: 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 | Posted: 8:39 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Two people injured in Greenacres crash, flown to a local trauma center

GREENACRES, Fla. – Two people were flown to a local trauma center Tuesday evening after being injured in a crash in Greenacres, according to police

Rescue crews responded around 7 p.m. to an accident between a Kawasaki Ninja and a Toyota Rav4 at the intersection of Lake Worth Road and Sherwood Forest Boulevard.

Two people met trauma alert criteria and they were flown to Delray Medical Center. There is no word on their condition.

There are no other details immediately available

Two people seriously injured after horrific crash on Southbound I-95 exit ramp

Story by Lynn Gordon / CBS 12
LAKE WORTH, Fla. — Two people are hospitalized in serious condition after a terrible crash on I -95.
The accident so bad, it’s amazing anyone survived.

It happened shortly before six o’clock pm Saturday in the southbound lanes.

Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol said the driver of a Ford sport utility vehicle tried to exit at 10th Avenue North from the center lane.  He then lost control and smashed into a concrete barrier.

The hood of that vehicle turned into a mangled piece of metal.
Chunks of the concrete wall are now missing.

Two southbound lanes were shut down as crews swept up broken glass and other debris.  The impact from the crash so forceful, one person was ejected from the SUV.  That individual and another person in the vehicle were flown by Trauma Hawk to Delray Medical Center. Incredibly a third passenger in the vehicle wasn’t injured.

The horrific accident backed up traffic for miles. What’s amazing investigators say, is that everyone made it out of the SUV alive.

FHP says none of the injuries are life threatening.Two people seriously injured after horrific crash on Southbound I-95 exit ramp