MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – What started as an early morning 3 car chain-reaction crash on I-95 that left people shaken up but not seriously injured ended in tragedy, after the victims of the first crashes were stuck by another car as they walked in the roadway.
The second crash killed 4 victims of the first, sent a fifth to the hospital and injured two people in the 4th car.
The accidents shut down busy I-95 at NW 103rd Street, trapping some people on the highway and forcing others to be detoured, as the Florida Highway Patrol investigated the multiple accidents and deaths.
At about 9:30 FHP began allowing some southbound traffic to pass, even as bodies still remained in the I-95 high-speed toll lane. Traffic resumed northbound about 90 minutes later, but was moving slowly.
All lanes were eventually cleared, and Saturday afternoon traffic was moving normally.
Investigators are still trying to determine exactly what happened, but believe as many as three cars have been involved in the original accidents, which may have been a chain-reaction crash. The victims may have left their cars to check on the accident when they were struck by the car that killed them.
FHP spokesman Lt. Alex Annunziato said, “five people were walking to check on everyone’s condition and five got hit and four were killed immediately.”
Two people who were in the vehicle that stuck and killed the victims were hurt and also taken to Ryder Trauma Center, Lt. Annunziato said.
None of the names of the victims were immediately available. Investigators have not shared what they believe m ay have caused the initial accidents leading to the fatal crash.