A driver attempting to lane dive from the I-95’s express lanes to the general purpose lanes may have sparked a fiery crash that sent six people to the hospital, three in critical condition.
“That is where the investigation is going at this point,” said Sgt. Mark Wysocky, a spokesman for Florida Highway Patrol
The massive crash, which happened Sunday at about 12:15 p.m., shut down the southbound lanes just south of Pembroke Road for hours as investigators tried to piece together what happened. The highway was shut down until 5:30 p.m., forcing drivers to take alternate routes.
According to FHP, here is how the crash happened:
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Luis Castro, 41, was heading south in a Nissan Altima on I-95 in the inside general purpose lane when he slowed for traffic. That’s when Vincent Turner Jr., 62, who was in a Toyota 4Runner, hit the left rear of Castro’s car. The impact caused the Altima to rotate clockwise across the southbound lanes.
The 4Runner rotated counter clockwise and was struck on its left side by a GMC pickup truck driven by Daniel Hernandez, 40. The 4Runner overturned in the express lanes and caught fire, according to the FHP.
Turner was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition. His passenger, Kelly Horner, 48, was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in serious condition.
Castro suffered minor injuries and was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital. Also in Castro’s car: Angel Pavilat, 42, who was taken to Memorial Regional in serious condition; William Castro, 10, who was in critical condition and Miriam Sanchez, 47, who was in critical condition.
Hernandez and his two passengers, Scanda Martinez, 11 and Yaretzi DeJesus, 5, were not injured.
Wysocky said the cause of the crash is still under investigation, but there may be another car involved.
“Further investigation revealed that there may be a fourth vehicle involved that traveled from the express lanes through the delineators into the general purpose lanes and caused the crash,” he wrote in a news release.
Transportation engineers are currently trying to curb the dangerous practice of lane diving. In September, crews began replacing I-95’s existing poles with a sturdier design and doubling the number of poles.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call FHP at 954-837-4012.