FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS Miami) — Two people, including a child, were killed in a horrific crash early Thursday morning on University Drive in Plantation.

The accident happened just after 3:30 a.m. between 3rd and 5th Street.

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Police said the driver of a 2014 Mercedes Benz lost control and slammed into a tree. The force of the impact split the car in two.

“I woke up to what sounded like a crash and then I looked outside and I saw the car in flames,” said Frances Velasco. “I was about to call 911 and that’s when I heard the sirens coming.”

The man driving the car and a child died.

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A witness told CBS4 they heard a woman on the side of the road screaming for help. Velasco said she heard the screams.

“Two booming sounds and a woman screaming for her baby like ‘my baby, my baby’,” she said.

The early morning crash scene shut down the northbound and southbound lanes for hours.

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Police have not released the names of those who died or said if they were related.

CBSMiami.com Team