FHP: All 7 in Alligator Alley crash not wearing seat belts, child restraints

1-year-old boy dies after ending up in canal when ejected from pick-up truck

WEST BROWARD, Fla. – Florida Highway Patrol released some of its findings from the Thursday late afternoon crash that injured 4 adults, 3 children, and killed a 1-year-old boy.

For nearly five hours on Thursday that stretched into the evening, the eastbound lanes of Alligator Alley (Interstate 75) were shut down as a frantic search was underway for a baby ejected from the pick-up truck after it overturned several times.

Family members who survived the crash told first responders that the 1-year-old child was missing. Two of the people in the truck were reportedly the children’s parents — one of whom was the 33-year-old driver.

The rollover accident happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near Mile Marker 27 in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 75.

The FHP investigation stated that after a tire blowout, the vehicle ran off the roadway to the right and onto the grassy shoulder of the road, where it overturned several times, ending up on its roof facing south.

“This vehicle swerved into the right and rolled over,” Lieutenant Yanko Reyes of the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The passengers, all from the Tampa, Fla., area, according to the report, were in a Nissan Frontier mid-size pick up truck.

The report said none of them were wearing seat belts or were in child restraints.

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