Car Catches Fire On Turnpike After Crash
LANTANA, Fla.— A car fire following a crash involving a semitruck on the turnpike closed multiple toll lanes.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, a Hyundai caught fire near mile marker 89 at the Lantana Toll Plaza.
Two people were traveling southbound inside a BMW on the Turnpike near Lantana when a speeding semi-truck crashed into the car.
PBSO said the two occupants of the BMW died after the semi-truck driver lost control at high speed. The BMW split into two before erupting in flames, killing the driver and passenger.
Witnesses at the scene said the driver was going extremely fast when they lost control in the southbound lanes of the Turnpike. Footage showed the semi-truck and the split BMW on its side as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. The fire was put out. Investigators are trying to figure out the names of those victims who they say died instantly.
The crash had multiple lanes of the Turnpike closed.
The cause of the crash was unknown. The speedometer was retrieved from the semi, which police said shows it was speeding because it was stuck at 80 MPH. Investigators have not concluded whether drugs or alcohol may have been a factor, but they cautioned drivers to drive safely.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to distracted driving. “In my many years as a Personal Injury Lawyer I’ve helped many victims that were injured because someone was distracted and crashed into their vehicles. If you’ve been injured by someone because they weren’t paying attention to the road, please call me so I can help you get compensation for your damages.”
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