1 dead after crash on Florida Turnpike
MIRAMAR (WSVN) -- A car rear-ended on the Turnpike burst into flames and Good Samaritans put themselves in danger to pull one of the victims to safety.
A mangled mess was all that was left of a vehicle in Miramar after a crash took the life of a woman inside the car.
Police said she was burnt so badly, they have not been able to identify her yet. "A second vehicle came along and struck the end of that vehicle," said Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant Mark Wysocky, "causing the first vehicle that stopped to explode and catch on fire."
The 2004 Hyundai was burnt, crushed, and destroyed beyond repair. Investigators said the driver of the second vehicle, 26-year-old Evan Soto, quickly got out of his car and sprinted into action to help the driver of the Hyundai out before it exploded.
Soto was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and is now home resting. His mother told 7News he's pretty shaken up. "The driver of the second vehicle and a witness rescued the first driver out of the car that stopped," said Wysocky. "The passenger of the vehicle was unfortunately not able to be rescued."
Now, because of Soto's quick thinking, that driver is recovering in a hospital bed at Jackson Memorial Hospital, but many questions remain. "For unknown reasons the vehicle stopped in the left lane of the southbound lanes of the Turnpike extension," said Wysocky.
The driver of the car who stopped on the Turnpike remains in critical condition at JMH.
Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating.
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