FHP: Two-Vehicle Crash On Northbound Turnpike Leaves One Dead, Three Injured
ST LUCIE COUNTY — One man is dead and another seriously injured after a head-on collision on Florida’s Turnpike, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The multi-vehicle traffic crash had all northbound lanes on the turnpike near Fort Pierce closed for hours. The crash occurred south of the 172-mile marker just before 6 a.m., FHP said.
The accident came after a 28-year-old man from Decatur, Ga., driving a van northbound, lost control of the vehicle “for unknown reasons” and struck the guardrail in the median, FHP said in a news release.
The van rotated counterclockwise after impact before coming to a stop. The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene, FHP said.
The van was then hit head-on by a sports utility vehicle that also was traveling northbound. The driver, a 38-year-old man from Miami, was unable to avoid the collision, troopers said, and sustained serious injuries in the crash.
Two passengers also were in the SUV, a 38-year-old man from New York City and a 65-year-old woman from Deltona. They sustained minor injuries, FHP said.
FHP did not release the identities of anyone involved in the crash. An investigation is ongoing.
By the time of this report the turnpike lanes had reopened, FHP said.
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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