Broward County

August 31, 2014

2 ejected in crash that snarled I-95 for hours

The Florida Highway Patrol released new details Sunday morning about a violent crash on Interstate 95 just south of Hallandale Beach Blvd that killed one person, sent another to the hospital in serious condition and snarled traffic for hours Saturday night.

The Florida Highway Patrol released new details Sunday morning about a violent crash on Interstate 95 just south of Hallandale Beach Blvd that killed one person, sent another to the hospital in serious condition and snarled traffic for hours Saturday night.

According to the FHP, Marlene Bernal, of Lakeland, was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer in the inside lane when she lost control and veered to the right. The Trailblazer hit the left rear of a Ford Ranger driven by Ronald Dwayne Griffin.

Bernal, who was not wearing a seat belt, then veered back to the left and hit the barrier wall before being ejected from her car, according to the report.

Griffin’s truck overturned and he, too, was ejected. FHP said Griffin, who is from Miami Gardens, was also not wearing a seat belt.

Both drivers were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where Griffin died. Bernal was in serious condition.

Mark Wysocky, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman, said I-95 was shut down until 11:30 p.m. Several other minor crashes in the area happened as traffic tried to exit the highway.

Traffic was being diverted to local streets in and around the interstate.

The cause of the crash is under investigation and charges are pending, Wysocky said.

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