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Four people injured when a tractor-trailer crushed the rear end of a sedan on U.S. 27 remained in serious condition on Wednesday.
An 11-year-old boy from Opa-locka was killed in the Tuesday afternoon accident, the Florida Highway Patrol said; the boy’s age was originally given as 15. Six other children were injured; they were passengers in the car that was carrying nine people, including the boy who died.
The relationship among the two adults and seven children in the sedan is unknown. All are from either Miami or Opa-locka.
Two adults in the car, both 31-year-old women, are each in serious condition. A 5-year-old girl and an 8-year old boy are also in serious condition. Others with minor injuries are a 14-year-old girl, two 7-year-old boys, and a 3-year-old boy.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 33-year-old from Oakland Park, also sustained minor injuries but wasn’t hospitalized.
The crash happened shortly before 3 p.m. on U.S. 27 just south of the Palm Beach County line.
The sedan was going north on U.S. 27 when the trailer hit the car from behind at mile marker 47.7, the borderline between Broward and Palm Beach counties, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane. The car and tractor-trailer were both in the right lane.
The car rotated counter-clockwise and was facing traffic when it stopped in the left lane. The trailer stopped on the right shoulder of the road.
Photos of the car provided by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue showed the rear end of the car was unrecognizable and the windshield crushed.
It’s not known whether anyone in the car was wearing a seat belt.