MIAMI-DADE, Fla. - Four people were hospitalized in a three-car collision that shut down the southbound lanes of I-95 for several hours Sunday night.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 21-year-old Cornelius Houser lost control of a black Nissan vehicle just after 9:45 p.m. while driving southbound on the interstate, just north of NW 103 Street.
Houser and a passenger, Kenneth Chievos, 18, were thrown from the car onto the highway. Two other passengers also suffered injuries inside the vehicle.
The Nissan crashed into blue Toyota before coming to a stop. The impact was so severe that debris scattered up to 75 feet from the point of impact.
Pieces of the car struck a car traveling below the crash scene, on NW 103 St. No one in the other two vehicles were hurt.
Houser, Chievos, and the other two passengers in the Nissan were taken to Jackson's Ryder Trauma Center.
As of Monday morning, all four are in critical condition. Houser is undergoing surgery for internal injuries. Chievos suffered severe head trauma and is in an incubator.
The two women in the back of the car suffered other types of injuries, which are also considered critical, but not as severe as the two male occupants.
All lanes of I-95 were reopen by 2 a.m.