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.
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.
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.