At Least 5 Dead in Florida's Turnpike Crash in Central Florida

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ST. CLOUD, Fla. (AP) - A fifth person has died from Tuesday morning's multi-vehicle crash in central Florida.

Officials say heavy fog caused a 13-vehicle wreck on Florida's Turnpike that killed at least five people and included a fire truck and sheriff's cruiser headed to an earlier crash.

Osceola County officials say four others were injured, with two airlifted for treatment, including a sheriff's deputy.

Smoke from nearby brush fires mixed with morning fog had caused the first wreck; the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the second one.

FHP says the second crash happened when a patch of fog quickly appeared on the road. The victims were from three different vehicles.

Officials shut down a 51-mile part of the turnpike to work the accident. Portions of that stretch were also closed Monday because of brush fire smoke.

The accident happened at mile marker 209 in southern Osceola County.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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