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1 killed, 5 injured in Broward crash that split car in half

Part of a car can be seen wedged between a tree and a wall.
Part of a car can be seen wedged between a tree and a wall.

TAMARAC, Fla. – A multiple-vehicle crash Tuesday night killed one person and hospitalized five others.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office received a call at 9:18 p.m. about the crash near the 2700 block of West Commercial Boulevard in Tamarac.

Detectives say that Nicholas Atkinson, 22 of Tamarac, was driving a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria westbound in the center lane on West Commercial Boulevard at a high rate of speed when he lost control and the car crossed over the inside lane and onto a raised center median, striking a tree.

Investigators say the crash caused the Ford to split in two, and Atkinson was killed.

The front end of Atkinson’s car went on to hit a Buick and a Chevrolet Suburban that were going east on Commercial Boulevard.

The driver of the Buick and four other passengers were taken by paramedics to Holy Cross Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and have since been released.

Atkinson was pronounced dead at the scene.

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