Man dies following crash involving semi-truck on Florida’s Turnpike


MIRAMAR, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Tuesday morning on Florida’s Turnpike near University Drive.

Sky 10 was above the southbound lanes of the highway around 6:45 a.m. as the back half of a silver Ford Escape SUV was completely smashed in.

A nearby semi-truck was spotted with front-end damage.

According to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Indiana Miranda, the SUV was stopped for an unknown reason in the center lane, just west of mile marker 46 in Miramar, when the 38-year-old driver of the semi-truck crashed into the back of the SUV.

After the initial impact, the SUV was re-directed in a southwesterly direction and its right side struck the concrete median wall along the inside paved shoulder, she said. 

The SUV then came to a final rest on the inside paved shoulder.

According to Miranda, the 26-year-old driver of the SUV had already exited his vehicle before the crash and he was not injured, however his passenger, identified only as a 20-year-old man, was still sitting in the front passenger seat when it was struck by the semi.

He was transported by Miramar Fire Rescue to HCA Florida Aventura Hospital, where he later died.

The truck driver was not injured in the crash, Miranda said.   

The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.


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