Vehicle Crashes Into Retention Pond Near Sawgrass Expressway
Accidents involving submerged vehicles are a rare occurrence. Unfortunately, when such accidents do happen, they often result in fatality. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of such a crash on Tuesday, September 3rd that has left one person dead and two others critically injured. The accident happened when their vehicle went off the Sawgrass Expressway and into a retention pond.
The Miami Herald reported on its website that the crash happened near sundown on Tuesday, September 3rd near the northbound lanes of the Sawgrass Freeway in Deerfield Beach.
911 dispatchers received a call at approximately 6:30 p.m. of a submerged vehicle. A spokesperson for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office told reporters that for reasons that are still unclear, the car slid off a northbound exit ramp and into the pond. Emergency crews were able to locate the submerged car 20 yards away from the exit ramp.
Sheriff’s Office divers located two adults and one teen inside the submerged car. One of the adults was declared dead at the scene of the crash while the teen and a second adult were rushed to Broward Health North. They are currently listed in extremely critical condition with potentially life-threatening injuries.
Authorities are withholding the identities of the crash victims pending notification of family members.
The Florida Highway Patrol and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office are jointly investigating the cause of the fatal crash.