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One Dead in Eight Vehicle Pile-Up

By Al Pefley  email

Delray Beach, FL (WFLX)

A chain reaction crash in Delray Beach has claimed the life of an elderly woman, and sent five  others to the hospital.  The victim is identified as 83 year old Edith Farrar of Delray Beach.  It was quite a scene that tied up the intersection of Military and Atlantic about 11:30 this morning.

The fatal pile-up on Atlantic Avenue involved seven cars and a Palm Tran bus.

"Basically to sum it up it was just a huge impact and next thing you know cars are flying everywhere. It was just chaos, absolute chaos," said Kevin Trembley, who was sitting in traffic waiting for the light to change.   Trembley was driving a white Chevy and says it was scary.

"I was stopped at the light, and the next thing I know I feel this huge impact and I'm being pushed into the car in front of me," Trembley said.

Investigators say several cars were stopped at a traffic light, when an elderly man in a green car  on Atlantic slammed into them from behind.   And then he shifted into reverse, ramming the Palm Tran bus. One person died, five others were injured.

"We were waiting at the red light and we got hit in the back and smashed into the car in front of us.  It was a big jolt," said Jacqueline Kweit, who was a passenger in Trembley's car. 

Sheriff's investigators are looking into the possibility that the driver of the green car may have had a heart attack, triggering the chain reaction collision.

Luckily there were few people on the Palm Trans bus, just the bus driver and one passenger. Both walked away from the crash.

One woman who lives nearby rushed over when she heard the sirens. "I've never ever seen anything like this before and I've been living here for 16 years. This is just horrific, it's horrible," said Carolynn Garozzo, a neighbor.

Authorities say a couple of people had to be cut from their mangled cars in order to get them out.  Kweit  can't believe she survived without a scratch.  "Luck was with us. Definitely. It's Friday the 13th," she told us.   

A sheriff's spokeswoman says no one has been charged at this point, but the investigation is ongoing.   She says the five people who were injured are expected to survive.

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