PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Four people are dead after an early morning crash on Interstate 95 in St. Lucie County.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a van was stopped between the right and center lane of southbound I-95, just south of Gatlin Boulevard about 4:30 a.m.
A pickup truck was not able to avoid the van and collided with the van's right side.
After impact, both vehicles began to rotate counter-clockwise, facing northbound in the southbound lane.
A tractor-trailer was not able to avoid the vehicles and struck the front of the van, causing it to spin until it came to final rest on the left shoulder.
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After striking the van, the tractor-trailer struck the pickup truck and dragged it a few hundred feet until both came to a final rest in the center and left lane.
The driver of the van, a 24-year-old woman from Norcross, Georgia, and one of her passengers, a 33-year-old woman from Ormond Beach, as well as the driver of the pickup truck, a 43-year-old man from Port St. Lucie, died at the scene.
The other passenger of the van, a 43-year-old man from Mission Viejo, California, was taken to Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital in Port St. Lucie, where he was pronounced dead.
Southbound lanes of I-95 were closed at the Southwest Gatlin Boulevard exit for about eight hours.
Lanes reopened just before 1 p.m.