SWEETWATER, Fla. – A pickup truck plunged into a canal on Wednesday night just outside of Dolphin Mall in Miami-Dade County.
Police officers responded to the area of Northwest 12th Street at the Florida Turnpike, according to Detective Lee Cowart, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department.
“Officers quickly went into the water,” Cowart said.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue divers also jumped into the dark and murky canal. Air rescue assisted with visibility from above. Cowart said they pulled a man from the water and were searching for other survivors. No one else was found in the water.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel took the man to a nearby hospital, where he later died, Cowart said.
Sweetwater Police Department officers and Florida Highway Patrol troopers also responded to the area.
Cowart said officers temporarily closed the Turnpike’s exit to Northwest 12th Street, where they diverted westbound traffic at 114th Avenue and eastbound traffic at Northwest 121st Avenue.
Local 10 News’ Assignment Desk Editor Emily Hales contributed to this report.