Southbound turnpike lanes near Okeechobee Boulevard open again after deadly crash

UPDATE: The Turnpike has reopened after a deadly morning crash

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A deadly crash on Florida's Turnpike near Okeechobee Boulevard this morning is blocking southbound lanes.

Rescue crews responded to the scene around 5:02 a.m., according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesperson Albert Borroto.

According to Borroto, one vehicle struck the wall and was also hit by a semi-truck.

Three other people were hurt in the crash -- one is a trauma alert taken to St. Mary's Medical Center and two are less critical patients who were transported to West Palm Hospital, Borroto said.

The Beeline Highway entrance is blocked. Use Interstate 95 as an alternate route.

Traffic on the turnpike is backed up about a mile.

Florida Highway Patrol is handling the crash investigation.

Check back for more information on this breaking traffic news.

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