Three young men riding in a pick up truck died and one was critically injured, after a head-on collision south of the Florida Keys' Seven Mile Bridge on Saturday morning.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Pat Santangelo said the crash happened near Mile Marker 38 on the Overseas Highway, south of the Seven Mile Bridge. Santangelo said a white Chevy pickup truck was heading northbound when it crossed the center line, and collided with a tractor trailer that was traveling southbound.
The three men who died were from Okeechobee. Joshua Joseph Creasman, 20, who was driving, and back seat passengers, David Carson Williams, 17, left, Devon Stuart Venables, 20, died at the scene.
The front seat passenger, Cody Layton Mitzelfeld, 19, of North Loxahatzhee, was airlifted and is in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
The tractor trailer's driver Dominick Fred Vaccaro, 57, of Lakewood, was treated for minor injuries.
Santangelo said officials found beer cans in the back of the truck, but the investigation has not determined if alcohol was a cause.
“You could just tell something bad happened,” said Kevin Floyd, a Lower Matecumbe Key commercial lobster fisherman, who was waiting in a pickup heading south on U.S. 1 with two colleagues.
Floyd said they were on their way to Stock Island to prepare their lobster traps for the soak season before lobster season opens Aug. 6, and were stopped at the north end of the bridge.
U.S. 1 was closed in both directions from 3 to 6 a.m.