2 dead in 5-car crash on Interstate 75 in Davie

Crash shut down northbound lanes for several hours

DAVIE, Fla. – Two people are dead after a five-vehicle crash early Saturday along Interstate 75 in Davie, authorities said.

Alvaro Feola, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol, said Desmond Green, 28, was driving a Dodge Durango north when he lost control of his SUV just before 6:15 a.m. near Sheridan Street. Green's SUV veered into the path of a tractor-trailer, causing a chain-reaction crash that involved three additional vehicles, Feola said.

Emelina Morfa, 67, and Emma Suarez Hernandez, 76, -- both passengers in a Toyota Yaris -- were killed in the crash, Feola said. The driver of the Yaris, 64-year-old Mily Vita-Vega, was seriously hurt in the crash and is being treated at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

Both Green and the driver of an Acura 3.2TL, 23-year-old Armando Alvarez, suffered minor injuries.

Authorities shut down the northbound lanes of I-75 for several hours to clear the scene after the crash. Traffic was diverted off the Sheridan Street exit or moved along the express lanes. By 2:45 p.m. Saturday, all lanes had reopened.

Feola said the Florida Highway Patrol was still investigating why Green lost control of the SUV.