Florida Keys

3 dead in truck crash on Keys bridge

Three people died early Sunday morning in a crash between two pickup trucks on Shark Channel Bridge in the Lower Keys.

The crash happened shortly before 1 a.m.

According to the FHP, a 2009 Ford F150 pickup was driving south near mile marker 12 when it struck the southbound guard rail, traveled into the northbound lane and flipped over.

A 2015 Dodge Ram driven by Anthony David Smith, 18, from Sebring, was traveling north on the bridge. The right side of Smith's truck hit the front of the F150. This caused the F150 onto the guard rail of the northbound lane. Two passengers in the Ram died onm the road.

Two other passengers in the Ram were flown by helicopter air ambulance to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. Another was flown to Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Smith, the driver of the Ram, was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

The driver and passenger of the F150 were also taken to the Lower Keys Medical Center, where the passenger, a woman not-yet-identified, died from her injuries.

U.S. 1 at mile maker 12 was closed in both directions from 1 a.m. until 6 a.m. while the FHP investigated.

The FHP is withholding the names of the dead until their next of kin are notified.

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