Fatal crash causes traffic delays along ‘18-Mile Stretch’ of U.S. 1 into Florida Keys

A person died during a car crash on Friday in Monroe County. (Copyright 2022 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.)

KEY LARGO, Fla. – Deputies reopened the “18-Mile Stretch” of U.S. 1 after a fatal crash on Friday afternoon prompted its closure for more than three hours.

A yellow tarp covered a body near a Wendy’s restaurant. There was a damaged motorcycle and a sports utility vehicle at Mile Marker 126, deputies said.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported the area was “fully closed” due to the crash at about 4:30 p.m.

Northbound traffic reopened just after 5 p.m., according to deputies. Shortly after 8 p.m., deputies announced the southbound lanes had also reopened.

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