2 dead in wrong way crash on I-95 NB in Martin County, all NB lanes reopened
WPTV Web Team
5:32 AM, Oct 30, 2013
5:59 PM, Oct 30, 2013
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - The driver of a pickup died when his truck heading south early Wednesday morning in the northbound lanes of I-95 in Martin County and crashed into an SUV killing a passenger in that vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The crash happened just before 2 a.m. at mile marker 100, just before the Kanner Highway interchange.
Troopers identified the pickup driver as Troy Van Snook, 31, of Port St. Lucie. FHP says the wrong-way driver struck a northbound Ford Explorer driven by Karsten Trevor Anderson of Fort Pierce, who is listed in serious condition. His passenger, 26-year-old Bryan Llewellyn Jackson of Port St. Lucie, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two other vehicles were involved in the crash.
FHP says a tractor trailer driven by Edwin Luis Ruiz of Port St. Lucie was unable to avoid hitting Anderson's SUV. The impact caused the Ford Explorer to spin into the path of a Mazda MPV driven by Felix Junior Diaz Alonso of Miami. He received minor injuries. The Explorer eventually overturned and ended up on its side.
All northbound traffic was diverted until 8:20 a.m. As of noon, two lanes are open.
The accident is the second wrong-way fatal accident on Interstate 95 in Martin County in the past year.
The previous wrong-way accident, on March 13, also involved a southbound vehicle in northbound lanes and it, too, was an early morning collision, at 2:20 a.m., a half mile north of the Martin Highway overpass.
The wrong-way driver in that accident, a former Port St. Lucie woman, was charged with vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of four people who were in a pickup truck
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers contributed to this report