I-95 Re-Opened After Crash Kills 4

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.

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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.

  • June Papas

    people do not know how to drive safely. tailgating, phone work, no signals, inappropriate lane changing, and no police providing traffic violations June P, Miami

    • Annonymous

      There are not enough state troopers in order to do traffic stops on a regular basis. This accident alone had Miami Dade PD doing some of FHP’s accident reports and assist with blocking off access. This is the sad reality out there. People know it and drive irresponsibly as they know thier chances of getting ticketed are slim. Even with this accident people were going on an on ramp the wrong way to get off the road. Police had to block that area as well.

      • Chris

        For the record, having been on the I95 at that moment, we were instructed by the police on site to make a u-turn and go down the on-ramp to get off the road.

    • Concerned

      Complaint to your local legislator that wants to cut even more police. FHP I know for a fact has about 3-4 officers at a time working in Dade County alone because of the budget cuts. How are four officers supposed to handle every crash in Dade County’s highways and state roads and then enforce traffic. On top of this, more than a year ago, a local attorney had legislation changed and got the okay from a judge to take away all local municipalities from enforcing traffic outside of their jurisdiction. So when you see a police officer keep going after someone just cuts you off now you know why. You know what to do now, these are the same wonderful judges and legislators we keep re=electing.

    • Carol

      I couldn’t agree with you more if I tried on the high roads or the low roads they drive the same and it is so totally scarey and dangerous.

    • chamis

      i saw the bodies laying on the floor it was horrible…and its true people drive like crazy on i95 and u dont see police enforcement taking care of it i used to work in downtown and scared of driving there.

  • Jerry Talerico

    Walking along I95? They must have been on a suicide mission. Even if you are stranded out there you should stay in your car, and call for help.

    • http://delasrx.wordpress.com delasrx

      Did u read the article u fool?

      • chamis

        jerry is more than right. how can u think about walking on the i95? delasrx why dont u better read the articles? the police and news were saying that walking there in something u should never do!

  • 4MrBill

    How about idiots walking on I95??? There so dumb they don’t have to worry about anything anymore!!!!

    • Linz

      Hey idiot who doesn’t know grammar, that was my cousin who died there. You need to learn some serious respect. He was most definitely not an idiot. He was an english major who couldve helped you with your spelling. Thank you to everyone who went against this 4mrbill.

    • AshleyS

      They probably knew better than to talk ill of someone’s family member who was just lost. Or at the very least, knew the difference between “they’re” and “there.”

    • Annonymous

      Not all of them are all there to begin with. Some of them are confused elderly people who don’t know any better. Police often get calls about people who walked out of Jackson North who are heading towards the highways.

    • Kathleen Zaldivar

      You really need to go back to school and learn some grammar. The other part, being heartless, you can’t learn, that’s the way you are. Feel sorry for the ones around you.

      • gina

        I agree with you..Geesshhh Have a little sympathy.

    • omar_from _pakistan

      u r a moran.. those five people went to save other people’s life and got killed.. yes thye could have been careful.. BUT U IDIOT not looking at thier intentions.. u should have been dead in their place.. MORAN !!!! what if ur family was hurt and someone went out to help and got killed ???

      • omar_from_pakistan

        yes and u know what i meant.. ;)

    • A.D.

      4MrBill, you are a horrible person for speaking that way of people who were probably scared, hurt, and were involved in an accident minutes before.

    • Enovas

      I hope that God can forgive your cruelty. You have not right to judge anyone because you were not there when things happened. Your ignorance will not take you anywhere in life and you will only gain what you give. Which is nothing.

  • gary ;liv

    ABSOLUTELY RIGHT people dont use signal lights when changing lanes or making a turn anymor the funny part is the police are also doing that theres no more driver courtesy anywhere and the police instead of enforcing those laws they are just being blind about it and dont care i think they should enforce those laws as well as the seat belt law

  • gary liv

    WE KNOW THERE ARENT ENOUGH STATE TROOPERS AND POLICE BUT THE ONES THAT ARE THERE NOW SHOULD ENFORCE THE use of turn signals law which is even in the drivers handbook and it uis a law now supose you are driving down a street and some one in front of you decides to abruptly turn into a shopping center or even a street they slam on the brakes instead of signaling their intention to turn and you hir them automatically you will be getting charged as if you were following too close i think that is ridiculous and laws should be enforced and reviewed


    imagine if it were your relatives or your kids would you still call them IDIOTS

  • shelton spence

    would you call them dumb and stupid 4mrbill if they were to have been your family that died in that accident have some respect and learn the difference between there and they fool

  • shelton spence


    • omar_from_pakistan

      police and trooper has nothing to do with it.. it was an unfortunate accident and nice peolle went to help and they got killed.. i think they are martyers !! they gave their life helping.. we should salute them..

  • Jmack354

    This is the only state where Turn Signals is an option when you buy your car!

  • YBB

    The police should have more control in the highways. They ticket you if you are taking your kids to school and are “speeding” at an “amazing speed ” of 37 MPH but when you are driving in the I95 you can see a lot of reckless drivers at 90 MPH, Motorcycles doing races, etc…and where are the police???? No one stop them. Seems to me that traffic enforcement are dedicated to collect $$$$$$ in tickets from the “easy targets” but where are the police when we need protection while we driving in highways???

    • Annonymous

      As I stated earlier there are not enough troopers to be able to consistently enforce the trafftc laws. They not only have the I-95, the Palmetto, etc to write accident reports on but lparts of arge main exits like Kendall drive, Ives Dairy Road, Miami Gardens and others.
      Police are not allwoed to chase speeding motorcycles as they have been sued numerous times by family members after the speeder lost control and ended up dead. They can only go after them if they commit a felony and a violent one at that.

      • Marvin Sinkler

        its amazing that they have enough man power to constantly pull me over to check my tint on my windows though….

  • VIC


  • concerned

    Inform yourself before you make stupid comments. Read my reply above. I’m sure you got ticketed for doing 37mph on a school zone, poor you. How about you follow the traffic laws in the first place and you wouldn’t have gotten a ticket. Traffic laws apply to everyone except you right.

    • YBB

      Hey CONCERNED:
      I do not make stupid comments. Show a little bit of respect. This is my opinion, and not, I do not speed in a school zone, i am a father of two kids and always follow the traffic rules and know how important they are. Are you perfect??? Sometimes you can make a mistake and get a ticket, it doesn’t means that you are a danger in the streets. I just pointed that it is unfair that you can see all days “crazy drivers” in the I95 that are putting your life at risk and there is no enough enforcement. That’s it. “Stupidity apply to everyone except you..right?”

  • Annonymous

    People need to stay in their vehicles after an accident unless the vehicle is on fire. It is too dangerous to get out unless you can stand on a sidewalk. Even police officers have had close calls while on traffic stops or accident scenes. There are too many rubbernecks out there.

  • George s

    We need to implement cell phone laws like busy cities such as LA and NY. In those cities you are cited for speaking and driving as for the individuals going at each other about grammer, you guys the are reason miamians do not communicate on a mutual respect level. We all live here let’s extend the courtesy to each other we so deserve. Its hard enough to live in a city that’s constantly changing. Thank you

  • robert

    I have moved back down here 7 years ago. I went to palmetto and was born here. When I first moved back , I couldn’t believe how bad it has gotten. There is NO concern for for the saftey for one another, I have been hit twice by speeders and went to the hospital for 5 days for one wreck. At first I used to high beem people when i was could off or tapped my brakes when people would tail gate behind with high beems on. I found out if you do either, your gonna get run over, shot or someone wants to fight you! I drive on average 200 miles per day and see it all. Roll overs, people ejected and fights at intersections. I see cars on the road with no tail lights, no bumpers…just wrecks on the road. No body seems to care anymore?? Most are hispanic hit and run drivers I have noticed………They think they own the road! Its bad, really bad! Time to move again! ITS NOT LACK OF LAW INFORCEMENT…ITS RESPECT AND BRAINS ON THE DRIVERS PART!

  • manny296

    Let’s face it, the Miami Motor Vehicle department drivers license test and training are completely worthless and ineffective. It may look good on paper but it does absolutely nothing in the real world. This is what happens when elected officials are out of touch with reality.

    • Annonymous

      How many unlicensed drivers are out there? That is even more scary.

      • Fallout

        According to the latest estimate, 400,000 in just Dade county.

      • Carol

        To count them all it would take the rest of your and miy life and that is a fact.

  • Carol

    This is horribe accident beyond words but people don’t understand the rules of the road somehow.

    On one of our roads we have red yield sign so that means you have to stop and look to make sure someone isn’t turning off the main road but everytime we stop the person behind us goes around and one time we were hit from behind by large pickup truck and he said we shouldn’t have stopped and told the police that but he told him you are 100% wrong that is a red yield sign that is the same as a stop sign he was so totally surprised OH well he learned something new.

    • Annonymous

      It’s not that people don’t understand the rules of the road but rather they don’t want to follow them. Anyone who drives sees people run red lights, cut people off becasue they don’t want to wait their turn, don’t use signals, speed up when people do use them and need to change lanes, drive at excessive speed, race others, and fail to yield to rescue vehicles.

  • shelton spence

    The same way that the seat belt law is enforced the texting law should be enforced as well as the turn signal law you must signal your turn 100 feet from where youre gonna turn and so many people ignoire that law as well as many other laws but they should be extremely enforced specially the turn signals law its an a must

  • jay

    wow, how tragic…may God rest their souls and provide comfort, peace, and solace to their families and friends…so sad, tragic…community, please please please be mindful of the power of a vehicle, particularly as it can take a life or several, in an instant…while your at it seek to find compassion, own it and share it!….this is very tragic, God be with you, and be well…

  • Suz

    Regardless of anything else, four people lost their lives this morning. If nothing else, stop argueing long enough to say a prayer for these human beings. Think of their families when you post as they are now suffering. My prayers to all.

  • Abigail Morales

    This is so sad! Not only the sad loss of human life, but arguing about it!?
    Just settle down and show a little consideration. Please!

  • Mike

    People just have no ethics or courtesy down here. I just drove down the turnpike and had some thug pass me in the shoulder. I guess 80 was too slow for him. The cops drive just as bad as people. I had a college professor at FIU who left Miami just after one semester because he was in two car accidents and both were not his fault and the other drivers had no license or insurance. He was also disgusted of the lack of the English language, as am I. I wish I could move, but am financially unable too.

  • florida.goldengirl

    I – 95 IS DEATH ALLEY Humans are not made to go that fast nor react to multiple lanes of high speed traffic,
    This slaughter is excellent population control, but who needs it ? I hate it, and I take U S 1 and sight see all the way. I’ll live to a ripe old age more than these poor deads again on I 95

  • Hen

    Seeing the victim’s bodies laying on 95 is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. It is a reminder to slow down out there. This is a very sad tragedy.

  • Love4aBetterWorld

    My condolences to the families of today’s accident… I was driving by and It was shocking and painful seeing it. I had a bad accident myself back in December. I’m so bless and so lucky I made it alive. All of us people don’t realize that It couldn’t be You, or Your wife, your husband, bothers, sisters or children. Beyond the Laws, beyond the Authorities. We have in ourselves the power to make this world a better place. Start by showing respect and kindness, and really all we need is Love.
    The bodies were lying down like rack dolls, they are not statistic numbers of just another fatal accident on I-95… they are People, We Are People, We make the world.
    My Condolences to the Families and I’ll send Love and a pray to those people that have Lost their Souls; Rack doll bodies living without souls.

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