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Driver identified after fatal crash on the Turnpike in St. Lucie County

Posted: 4:55 AM, Jan 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-16 10:07:33-05
Florida Turnpike Crash

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol said a 76-year-old driver from Miami died in an overnight crash on Florida’s Turnpike southbound in St. Lucie County.

The wreck occurred around 2:43 a.m. Wednesday at mile marker 149 in Port St. Lucie.

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FHP said the crash involved a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon and a double tractor-trailer combination.

The driver of the Tiburon, identified as Lonnie James Ross Jr., was ejected from his car.

The tractor-trailer became jack-knifed on the western grass shoulder, and a second tandem trailer overturned.

The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries.

All southbound lanes have been reopened. At 9:40 a.m., FHP said the cleanup on the shoulder continues.

The cause of this crash remains under investigation.