Miami-Dade County

An SUV rumbled over express lane poles. Soon after, 2 people might’ve burned to death

A man and a woman died in Sunday’s first hours on Interstate 95 after a rollover crash trapped them in their SUV as it caught on fire, Florida Highway Patrol said.

Their names haven’t been released. Interstate 95’s northbound express lanes remained closed for several hours after the 3 a.m. crash.

FHP says preliminary investigation of the crash indicates the Chevrolet SUV’s driver, from the far left general lane, changed lanes to his left by driving over the express lane poles around the Northwest 95th Street exit of I-95. This put the SUV in the path of a BMW sedan already in the express lanes. The BMW hit the SUV.

“As a result, the Chevy overturned, landed on its roof and became fully engulfed in flames,” FHP said. “The driver of the Chevy (Adult Male) & passenger (Adult Female) became entrapped in the vehicle as it caught on fire. Both occupants died on scene inside of the vehicle.”

The BMW driver was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His condition remains unknown.

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