Driver wrong-way on I-95 in Broward County crashes into van, killing 4

Published On: Apr 03 2013 09:12:52 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 03 2013 09:13:57 AM EDT

A police chase and deadly crash shut down I-95 southbound between Ives Dairy Road and Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -

Four people have died in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 south of Fort Lauderdale.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened early Wednesday. They say police were pursuing a sport utility vehicle when it headed northbound in the interstate's southbound lanes.

A fatal crash shut down all southbound lanes between Hallandale Beach Bouelvard and Ives Dairy Road on Wednesday morning. The roadway remained closed during rush hour, but reopened just before 9 a.m.

Opa-Locka police say they began pursuing a black Chevy Suburban after an officer observed "some sort of activity." The suspect the traveled through Miami Gardens onto northbound I-95 143rd Street and 22nd Avenue.

As SUV then turned off I-95 at Ives Dairy Road, a gun was reportedly tossed out one of its windows. The driver of the SUV then got back onto I-95 at Ives Dairy Road, driving northbound in the southbound lanes. Police said they stopped their pursuit before the driver of the SUV crashed head-on with a minivan, killing all four people inside.

The driver of the car involved in the pursuit was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood with two broken legs. Charges against him are pending.

The medical examiner is now at the scene to recover the bodies from the van. 

None of the victims' names have been released.

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