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Amber Alert

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Deadly Accident Shuts Down I-95 SB In Hollywood

All southbound lanes of I-95 remain shutdown between Hallandale Beach Boulevard and Ives Dairy Road following a deadly accident. According to Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky, the accident took place around 6:00 a.m. involving an 18-wheeler tractor trailer that jackknifed and 5 to 6 other vehicles.

Two people died, both had to be extricated from the wrecked remains of their vehicles. At least three others were hospitalized with minor injuries. It's believed there were about 7 victims in all.

Multiple fire rescue units responded to the scene including units from Miami-Dade, BSO, and Hallandale Beach.

The Florida Highway Patrol is allowing motorists who are stranded at the accident to exit off the highway by using the SB entrance ramp at Pembroke Road.

All drivers are being asked to avoid the area. Alternate routes include U.S. 1 and US 441, University Drive and the Turnpike.

There was also an accident in the northbound lanes about 15 minutes after the initial crash but there were no injuries in that accident and traffic has resumed in the northbound lanes.

The southbound lanes will remain closed until further notice. Source