Fatal head-on collision near mile marker 16 in Keys shuts down U.S. 1 for hours

3 others injured in crash

Photo courtesy: Monroe County Sheriff's Lt. Donald Catala
Photo courtesy: Monroe County Sheriff's Lt. Donald Catala

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – A fatal head-on collision on U.S. 1 on Friday shut down the roadway near mile marker 16 for hours, authorities said.

The three-vehicle crash happened around 9 a.m. Friday.

Troopers said a Ford F-150 was traveling north on U.S. 1 and had pulled out to pass. An International Box Truck followed by a Ford Explorer were traveling south. Troopers said U.S. 1 is two lanes in this location.

The box truck driver saw the F-150 coming at him, so he swerved to avoid it, troopers said. The left side of the F-150 sideswiped the left rear of the box truck.

Troopers said the Explorer, which was behind the box truck, collided with the F-150 head-on.

The driver of the F-150 was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital, where he later died.

Troopers said three of the five passengers in the Explorer were also taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said the highway remained closed for several hours as traffic homicide detectives investigated.


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