At least 3 dead in fiery crash on Okeechobee Road in Northwest Miami-Dade

 
 
Police respond to a fatal crash on Okeechobee Road, about a mile north of Florida’s Turnpike on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Three people, including a 5-year-old girl, were killed in the head-on collision.
Police respond to a fatal crash on Okeechobee Road, about a mile north of Florida’s Turnpike on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Three people, including a 5-year-old girl, were killed in the head-on collision.
GASTON DE CARDENAS / FOR EL NUEVO HERALD

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At least three people, including a 5-year-old girl, were killed in a fiery crash on Okeechobee Road Wednesday night about a mile north of Florida’s Turnpike in Northwest Miami-Dade.

The driver of a car going north lost control of the vehicle around 8:30 p.m., veering across the median and crashing head-on into a car traveling south, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver of the southbound car was killed, and his passenger, a 5-year-old girl, was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center where she died. The northbound driver was killed when the car burst into flames upon impact. Officials were unable to tell if he had any passengers.

“The car was so burnt, we don’t even know what kind it is,” said FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez.

Workers were unable to extract the driver’s body from the burnt wreckage, and the remains of both vehicles will likely be taken to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office.

The three victims were not identified.

Florida Highway Patrol officials believe the northbound car may have been speeding. The area has a history of racing, Sanchez said, although there are no witnesses so far in this crash.

"It's bad. It is bad," Sanchez said of the crash. "I've been doing this for 25 years. And this is up there."

A stretch of southbound Okeechobee Road remains closed as investigators continue their work.

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