Two deadly crashes on separate ends of South Florida tied up traffic for hours Thursday morning.
Slick roads from overnight storms were a factor in the two crashes that killed three people, as well as several other accidents, in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
▪ In Broward, A driver who lost control on westbound Interstate 595 was killed and injured another just before 5 a.m. After losing control his car, Davie resident Everton Wayne Smith, 43, veered across the road, slamming into both barrier walls and hitting another car. Smith died on the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The other driver, North Miami Beach resident Jeanette Toro, 35, was taken to Broward Health Medical Center for minor injuries. The accident was cleared by 10:30 a.m., but delays continued from the backup, said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky.
▪ In Miami-Dade, Tamiami Trail was shut down west of Krome Avenue after a woman driving two children smashed through a guardrail and plunged into a canal, according to Miami Herald partner CBS4. The woman was found dead on the scene and the children were taken to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, where one later died and the other is in critical condition.
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▪ On southbound I-95 in Miami-Dade all express lanes and three general purpose lanes were blocked due to a crash at Northwest 95th Street during the morning rush. There were no fatalities but injuries were reported.