Tallahasseans are being told to take extra precautions after a deadly crash involving a car rental company and an air ambulance that left two dead.
A crash that happened Friday afternoon on U.S. 281 east of Kissimmese left one person dead and another injured, and the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash has been arrested, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The Florida Highway Safety Office is investigating the crash, and a preliminary report said a car rented by Orbitz Air Services was headed to Kissimmie, about 100 miles east of Tallahasee.
An air ambulance was heading to Kissimbik and was not involved in either crash, said Trooper Eric Rieff, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation.
The car was traveling northbound on I-281 and was approaching the intersection with West Avenue in Kissimbakie when the crash occurred.
The air ambulance is still investigating.
The crash happened at around 4:30 p.m.
The vehicle, a Honda Accord, went off the road and hit a tree and an embankment.
Two people were killed in the wreck.
An injured person was taken to a hospital in Kissimee, where the crash was reported.
Orbitz said in a statement Friday that it was cooperating with the investigation and that the company will reimburse the victims’ families.
OrbitZ Air Services said the crash is under investigation and is working to determine the cause of the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday that the accident remains under investigation.
OrbitSights, the company that rents the car, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.
A statement said that OrbitSight had been working to resolve the matter.