1 dead, 1 injured in wrong-way wreck
NEAR FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (WSVN) -- Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a car crash that killed a driver and injured another.
The two-car crash occurred just after 3:30 a.m. Thursday, in the southbound lanes of U.S. 1, at Mile Marker 126. Investigators said the driver of a Toyota Tundra pickup truck was driving northbound in the southbound lanes before crashing head-on into the driver of a white Buick.
"I've always said that speed kills, speed kills," said FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez. "When you're traveling in the wrong direction of traffic, and you collide into a vehicle head-on, chances are somebody is going to lose their lives."
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the crash and found the driver of the white vehicle dead on scene. Detectives later identified the victim as 34-year-old Travis Carter.
The driver of the pickup truck, who has been identified as 53-year-old Dawn Broadhead, was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition.
According to FHP, dispatchers received numerous calls from drivers that someone was traveling on U.S. 1 in the wrong direction. "Travelling quite some distance in the opposite direction of traffic," said Sanchez.
A preliminary investigation reveals alcohol may have played a role in this deadly crash. Broadhead is expected to face a slew of charges. "We do believe, in the primary investigation, that alcohol was involved in this crash," said Sanchez.
The southbound lanes of U.S. 1 were shut down for hours at Mile Marker 26, while police investigated. The accident was cleared six hours later, and all lanes have since reopened.
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