wplg logo

FHP: Fiery crash leaves 1 dead as vehicles collide on Alligator Alley

A crash on Alligator Alley has southbound lanes of I-75 closed.
A crash on Alligator Alley has southbound lanes of I-75 closed. (FL 511 Traffic)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A collision between two vehicles Sunday night in the eastbound lanes of Alligator Alley at mile marker 39 had traffic blocked Sunday night.

The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that one person was pronounced dead at the scene, while another was airlifted in critical condition to Broward Health Medical Center.

According to an FHP report, a pickup truck driven by a 45-year-old man from Naples was heading west on Alligator Alley in the outside travel lane, approaching Mile Marker 39 and the other vehicle, an SUV, was traveling east.

Troopers said the truck experienced a tire failure, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, cross the grass median and travel into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lanes shortly after 6 p.m.

Authorities said the truck struck the left front side of the SUV and both vehicles caught fire.

The 37-year-old man who was driving the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene.

Traffic cameras showed the location of the crash as three miles west of the Broward County rest stop.

About the Authors:

Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.