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Killed In Crash On Florida’s Turnpike In Palm Beach Gardens

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Two people were killed in an early morning wreck on Florida’s Turnpike in Palm Beach Gardens.

Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Tim Frith said the driver of an SUV lost control of the vehicle, over-corrected, then crashed into the center guard rail and overturned in the northbound lanes just south of PGA Boulevard.

A Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy, who was driving along the turnpike, saw the overturned SUV at the last second and sideswiped it. The deputy then turned on her lights, but the driver of an oncoming box truck saw it and tried to get over. When he did, he got right in the path of the overturned SUV, Frith said.

“Both vehicles burst into flames and, unfortunately, two people were unable to escape out of the SUV,” Frith said.

The driver of the box truck was taken to a hospital and is expected to be OK.

A man, 51, of North Palm Beach, was identified as the driver of the SUV. The passenger was identified as a 57-year-old man of North Palm Beach.


Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash.  “Cases involving accidents with trucks are always subject to heightened scrutiny because of the additional regulations placed on drivers of those vehicles. Unfortunately, in our practice, we have seen numerous instances where drivers blatantly violate these regulations, which results in catastrophic consequences.”

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