Troopers: 3 die, 3 injured in multi-vehicle crash on the Turnpike south of Orlando

Posted at 11:58 AM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 15:55:18-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Troopers say three people died and three others were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on Florida's Turnpike.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said in a news release that the crash happened early Tuesday south of Orlando.

Montes says a car had a flat tire but continued traveling on the highway at a very low speed. A sports utility vehicle was directly behind that car, also at a low speed. A Fed-Ex tractor-trailer approached at a normal speed struck SUV. The truck jackknifed and the SUV hit the car.

Montes says three people in the SUV died at the scene. Three others were taken to hospitals. The driver of the car and the driver of the truck suffered minor injuries.

Southbound traffic on the turnpike has been blocked for hours.