MARTIN COUNTY — All southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike were blocked Friday morning and early afternoon following a fatal crash involving three tractor-trailers near the Palm City exit, according to the Florida Highway Patrol and Martin County Fire Rescue.
FHP was dispatched at 6:01 a.m. to the crash, which happened north of the exit at State Road 714. According to Martin County Fire Rescue, each tractor-trailer rear-ended the one in front.
A 67-year-old man of Orlando died at the scene, FHP investigators said.
This is what happened, according to FHP:
The 67-year-old was driving a tractor-trailer on the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike.
Two tractor-trailers ahead of the man were stopped because of traffic. The 67-year-old failed to stop and crashed into one of the tractor-trailers, driven by a 64-year-old man of Haines City.
The 64-year-old man’s vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer driven by a 29-year-old man of Texas. He declined medical attention, according to Cory Pippin, Martin fire rescue spokesperson.
The 29-year-old was transported to Cleveland Clinic Martin South Hospital with minor injuries, Pippin said. Emergency responders pronounced the 67-year-old dead at the scene.
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Fire rescue stated FHP indicated the roadway was expected to be closed for 5 to 6 hours. Items including dried goods, such as herbicide, spilled in the crash, along with diesel fuel.