Two people died following a three-vehicle wreck on Florida’s Turnpike that closed southbound traffic for several hours, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Seven others were injured in the wreck, which took place near mile marker 114 between PGA Boulevard and Indiantown Road exits.
At least seven people were in a Chevy Tahoe traveling southbound when it struck a turnpike maintenance vehicle parked on the side of the road, said a FHP spokesman.
The maintenance vehicle had its yellow lights on when the Tahoe hit it and began to roll, the spokesman said.
As the Tahoe was rolling, a tractor-trailer struck it, flipping the SUV and leaving at least two people trapped inside.
The people who died were riding in the Tahoe, FHP said. The individuals identities were not made public.
Rescue crews arrived at the scene and used extraction tools to cut the trapped people out of the vehicle, a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman.
Seven people were taken to a hospital, and at least three of them were flown there by helicopter, FHP said.
As of Friday afternoon, the driver of the SUV was in critical condition and the Tahoe’s three other passengers were in serious condition. The driver of the maintenance vehicle had sustained minor injuries.
The wreck backed up traffic several miles south of the PGA Boulevard exit in Palm Beach Gardens, according to Florida Highway Patrol traffic cameras.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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