Saturday was an unusually deadly day on South Florida roads. Five people were confirmed dead and eight others seriously injured in three separate traffic crashes in Miami-Dade, authorities said.
A 14-year-old girl was reported killed and six others seriously injured in a one-car crash westbound on the Julia Tuttle Causeway west of Alton Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A FHP spokeswoman said some of the passengers were thrown out of the SUV when it crashed over a guardrail and overturned. The driver and the other five passengers were transported to Ryder Trauma Center. Their medical conditions were unknown. The names of the victims were not disclosed.
The crash scene caused major traffic delays for motorists traveling to and from Miami Beach.
Another crash happened at 12th Street and Northwest 72nd Avenue, leaving two people dead, said Miami-Dade police. A third victim was rushed to Miami Children’s Hospital in stable but critical condition and a fourth person was taken to Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition. Police said they had no other details and did not release names of any victims.
The third crash occurred when a Ford Expedition rear-ended a Toyota Corolla and dragged it some 500 feet along the southbound Palmetto Expressway north of Okeechobee Road on Saturday night. A female passenger in the Toyota died at Ryder Trauma Center, FHP said.
Earlier Saturday, Miami Gardens police reported that a toddler died after being struck by a car near NW 160th Street and NW 27th Avenue. The 4-year-old, identified as Brianna Reese, was airlifted to Miami Children’s Hospital, where she died late Saturday night. The crash happened at 10:35 a.m., according to Miami Gardens police, who said the drive of the car cooperated with authorities.