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30-year-old North Miami Beach man dies at Congress Avenue overpass off I-95 in Boca Raton

Posted at 5:44 PM, Feb 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-06 04:38:21-05

It's hard to forget the sight of a semi-truck dangling off the Congress Avenue overpass last April. The driver survived the crash, but a tow-truck driver who responded to the scene fell to his death. 

Last October, another semi-truck drove through the overpass and crash-landed onto I-95. He survived. 

In December, a 26-year-old woman from Opa-locka  died when Florida High Patrol said she failed to turn off the exit and continued southbound into the divider median. 

On Sunday morning a 30-year-old man from North Miami Beach drove off the overpass and landed near the railroad tracks. 

"It still is very upsetting when you have a series of accidents happening at this particular intersection," said Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams.

Commissioner Abrams said the Florida Department of Transportation is working on an Express Lane Project that could potentially incorporate some design changes in the area.

Some drivers agree it's not your typical intersection. 

"I noticed that it was a little sudden, the turn to get off was really fast," said Mia Tarquinio from Boca Raton. 

In the last year, FDOT has added signs and striping to alert drivers of the dead end after exiting the southbound off-ramp at Congress Avenue. Some drivers feel the signs have been sufficient. 

"To me it seemed like the markings on the road were pretty clear and in broad daylight it seems like a very easy turn," said Corey Raybin, from Hollywood. 

Commissioner Abrams believes most drivers who are used to commuting in the area have no problem, but the majority of the drivers involved in the most recent serious crashes have not been from Palm Beach County and the incidents have taken place in the early morning.

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