A head-on collision on Tamiami Trail early Monday morning about 11 miles west of the Miccosukee gaming facility and hotel was so violent, police were still trying to put the pieces together hours later.
Both directions of Tamiami Trail have been shut down since the 7:17 a.m. crash, causing long backups. The two vehicles involved in the crash -- a Ford Mustang and a Chevrolet Silverado -- have so much damage they're hard to recognize, with debris on both sides of the road and into the adjacent levies. And the two people driving the vehicles, which hit head on, died immediately, said Florida Highway Patrol Spokesman Joe Sanchez. "They're single occupants and they're both dead. It's hard to describe the vehicles," he said. Sanchez identified one of the victims as a Miccosukee tribal member, but said the FHP wasn't yet releasing names until family members are notified. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
-- CHARLES RABIN