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. when one lane was reopened.
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Suggested alternate routes are to exit I-95 at Bridge Road, go east to U.S. 1, then west on Cove Road to Kanner Highway to get to the entrance ramp.
Motorists may also exit I-95 at Indiantown Road in Jupiter, make their way to Florida's Turnpike, then exit at Martin Highway in Palm City to get to the I-95 interchange at either Martin Highway or High Meadow Avenue in Palm City.
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