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Passenger Dies As Truck Teeters Over the Edge of a Florida Bridge

A bakery truck that was left teetering over  the edge of a South Florida highway overpass after an early-morning crash on  Wednesday has been pulled to safety, but a passenger inside has died.

Fire Rescue workers scrambled to  save the  truck’s driver and passenger after it  crashed on the Interstate 95 ramp to westbound State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale  shortly after 5.30 a.m.

Fort Lauderdale Detective DeAnna Garcia said  the driver was going northbound on the interstate and took the ramp when he  tried to make a left turn but crashed into the wall.

Precarious: A bakery truck teetered over the edge of a bridge after a crash on Wednesday morning

The truck smashed through the barrier and was  left wedged between the road and a  vertical concrete piling next to the ramp.

Garcia said speed could have led to the  crash, but that an investigation is underway.

The driver was rescued shortly before 6 a.m.  when crews were able to get to the vehicle’s cab using an elevated ladder, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue spokesman  Matt Little told the Sun  Sentinel.

He was taken to Broward  Health Medical Center and is reported to  be in stable condition.

But the passenger died after they were found unresponsive inside the cab and could not immediately be removed.

Scene: Fire Rescue workers saved the driver half an hour after the crash but the passenger was unresponsive

Officers were able to pull the truck, which  belongs to Tracy’s Bakery in Palmetto Bay  in south Miami-Dade County, to safety shortly after 7.30 a.m using ropes and a  tow truck.

Authorities have not identified anyone  involved in the crash.

A Tracy Bakery spokesperson confirmed to News  10 that the truck belonged to the company and that the two people were making  deliveries in Broward County.

 

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