BSO deputy in critical condition after I-95 crash
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy suffered life-threatening injuries Wednesday morning after crashing his cruiser into a tree on Interstate 95.
The accident happened around 6:17 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-95, just before Atlantic Boulevard. BSO said 32-year-old deputy Daniel Rivera was on his way to work when he somehow lost control of his cruiser. "The deputy just went off the highway in his marked patrol unit and hit a palm tree," said Dani Moschella of the Broward Sheriff's Office.
Officials believe the weather may have played a role. "The roads were treacherous, it was wet, it was rainy. He applied his brakes," said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. "It appears according to our homicide investigators, traffic homicide investigators, [he] skidded off the road. Unfortunately, his vehicle struck a tree. The tree embedded in the passenger side of the vehicle. The deputy has very significant injuries."
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported Rivera to Broward Health North in critical condition where he underwent emergency surgery. Rivera is still listed in critical condition.
BSO investigators shut down the southbound lanes of I-95 at Copans Road for hours while they investigated. All lanes have since reopened.
They continue to investigate the cause of the crash.
If you have any information on this accident, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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