Two dead after crash involving semi-truck on Florida’s Turnpike in Boynton Beach

BOYNTON BEACH — After a semi-truck crashed into a canal on Florida’s Turnpike in Boynton Beach Thursday morning, two people are dead and a third is injured.

A 66-year-old man was driving a semi-truck southbound on the turnpike near the 84 mile post. Two cars were driving slowly in the stop-and-go traffic, Florida Highway Patrol said. The truck driver didn’t slow down fast enough, colliding with the two other cars.

After the truck driver smashed into the two cars, he drove over the concrete bridge and into the canal where he also partially crashed into a boat and its passengers, according to FHP.

The tractor-trailer then began to sink into the canal as the tanker still dangled from the bridge. Video from WPTV-News Channel 5 showed the semi-truck upside down with its front end partially submerged in the canal.

The cars crashed into the guardrail, and the impact from the truck crushed one of the cars. It burst into flames. The driver, a 42-year-old woman, of Loxahatchee, died at the scene, FHP said.

The truck driver later died at Delray Medical Center.

The driver of the other car, a 37-year-old woman of Royal Palm, had minor injuries.

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