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FHP: Wellington man dies in two-vehicle Turnpike crash in Indian River County

NewsFHP: Wellington man dies in two-vehicle Turnpike crash in Indian River County

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A Palm Beach County man died in a crash on Florida’s Turnpike after his vehicle struck a car and a guardrail before traveling off the roadway into a tree, highway officials said in a report.

The crash was reported shortly after 7 a.m. Friday at mile marker 178, which borders the south county line near the Fort Drum Conservation area, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

Indian River County Fire Rescue pronounced the 54-year-old Wellington man dead at the crash site.

Florida Highway Patrol

He traveled north in a 2017 white Ferrari California T in the outside lane of the two-lane highway when officials said he veered into the inside lane for an unknown reason and struck the right rear of a black 2020 Ford Expedition, driven by a Miami Gardens man, 68.

After the impact, the car continued north, striking the highway’s inside guardrail twice before then crossing all northbound lanes and hit the outside cable barrier. The vehicle passed under it and struck a tree on the east side of the Turnpike, according to the report.

None of the three people inside the Expedition were injured. Highway officials said the crash remains under investigation.

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