Man killed when ejected from van in Florida; hours later second accident ignites car

Florida (March 16)  A man was killed in a single vehicle accident on I-95 South in Brevard County this morning.  The crash occurred at approximately 8:40 a.m. near Grant Road and  mile marker 168 according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Barry Cohen, a 59-year-old man from Rockledge, was driving a 1999 white Ford Van.  Authorities said the the van’s right rear tire seperated causing the driver to drive on the right shoulder.  He then over-corrected resulting in the vehicle to flip over and was ejected from the truck.  Cohen was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Traffic was backed up for over 3 miles on Interstate 95 South.

Less than 2 hours later, while the fatal crash was being investigated, another accident occurred at the same area on the northbound side of I-95.  A car veered off the road into the trees igniting into flames.  According to FHP two victims sustained non-life threatening injuries but were taken to the Hospital.

All southbound lanes were reopened around noon.

6 Thoughts on “Man killed when ejected from van in Florida; hours later second accident ignites car

  1. elizabeth ackerman on March 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm said:

    If only dear Barry had worn his seat belt. He might be alive today.

  2. Gyl Chambers on March 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm said:

    My sadness goes out to the Barry Cohen Family. We are all stricken with shock, disbelief and uncontrollable greif! I am a cousin of Barry’s from Chicago. There are family members on their way out to Florida tomorrow morning 3.21.12 to be with the rest of the family.
    With Love and in sadness,
    Gyl Chambers

  3. Kayte Strong on March 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm said:

    Barry was one of the most careful and cautious drivers out there. Just by the fact that he had managed to get his vehicle to the right shoulder in a life-threatening high speed blowout was amazing when he had probably lost most of his tire and therefore control of the vehicle. People who drive these long treacherous roads to fulfill their passion exhibiting in Art Festivals around the country take on a huge risk and are very brave. Barry did not deserve any blame for this. My heart goes out to his family. I really really really really really miss him. He brought so much joy to my and everyone’s life he touched. I have a piece of him here in my window. May these dolphins swim on forever. Love Kayte (Strong & Bryon)

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