Two people lost their lives in two separate crashes on South Florida highways within seven hours of each other.
At about 4 a.m. Thursday, a four-car crash on I-95 just south of Ives Dairy Road killed one person and injured three. The crash occurred in the northhbound lanes.
According to Florida Highway Patrol Spokesman Joe Sanchez, a car suddenly stopped and a car behind it slammed into its back. That car rolled for several hundred feet and landed in the shoulder, where it caught fire. Meanwhile, a third vehicle then rear-ended the original car that had been hit. The person in the original car, which was hit twice, died, Sanchez said. A fourth car, in front of the car that was rammed from behind, was also hit.
Three people were taken to the hospital with injuries. The busy highway was shutdown for hours, while FHP investigated.
Then at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, a pedestrian was killed as he attempted to cross the Julia Tuttle Causeway just before Alton Road, according to Sanchez.
The man, who has not been identified, was likely homeless, Sanchez said.
“We do not know who the individual is,” Sanchez said.
He made it to the inside lane before the median before a car slammed into him, Sanchez said. He died at the scene. The driver of the car stopped and cooperated with troopers. The highway was shut down for hours after the crash.