Fatal crash closes southbound lanes of Florida's Turnpike near West Palm Beach

Turnpike empty after crash southbound at Okeechobee Boulevard, July 27, 2021
Posted at 4:17 PM, Jul 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-27 20:44:42-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — All southbound lanes of Florida's Turnpike were closed Tuesday afternoon after a fatal crash near West Palm Beach.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash happened just south of the Okeechobee Boulevard exit.

A 63-year-old Palm Beach man was standing outside of his vehicle tending to a flat tire when he was struck by an unknown vehicle.

He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Another person was inside the vehicle but was asleep and did not witness the crash.

The case remains under investigation.