BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — The vehicle accident this morning that blocked southbound lanes of Interstate 95 and sent two people –– one a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy –– to a hospital was caused by careless driving, according to a crash report released by a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman.
The crash, which was reported at 7:20 a.m., happened just south of Woolbright Road and involved one overturned 1988 black Ford Ranger pick-up truck and a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy in an unmarked 2008 Dodge Charger.
When crews arrived, the Ranger was on its roof facing southeast in the east emergency median lane with the back of the truck blocking the HOV lane, according to the crash report released by FHP spokesman Lt. Tim Frith.
The deputy's Charger was south of the Ranger facing south in the east emergency median lane.
Another vehicle "abruptly veered" to the right out of the HOV lane and into the inside center lane as it approached the deputy's Charger. The Charger was stopped facing southbound in the emergency median lane with it's lights activated, the report says.
Sheriff's deputy Michael J. Taylor, 56, of West Palm Beach was sitting in the Charger finishing paper work for a traffic stop he had just completed.
The unknown vehicle caused an "abrupt slow down and stop of vehicles" traveling in that lane. The Ranger's driver - Garret A. Taylor, 42 of West Palm Beach - crossed through the HOV lane into the emergency lane. It then struck the concrete median barrier at a high rate of speed, the report says.
The impact caused the Ranger to slide sideways and hit the rear of the deputy's Charger.
Frith added that when the truck rear-ended the deputy's car, it went on its two front wheels before sliding down on the back of the deputy's car. It rested on its side before the truck was flipped on its roof to get the driver out, he added.
The deputy, who was wearing a seat belt, was reporting lower back pain, according to reports of Boynton Beach Fire Rescue crews. Both drivers were taken to Delray Medical Center with minor injuries.
The crash forced authorities to close the southbound HOV lane of I-95, backing up traffic as far north as Hypoluxo Road.
The use of alcohol or drugs is not suspected in the crash, however Taylor will be charged with careless driving, the report says.
Authorities are investigating if Taylor was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
Staff writer Alexandra Seltzer contributed to this story.