Four-Vehicle Accident in Palm Beach County

Florida (September 24, 2011)  A four-vehicle accident on I-95 south closed all lanes for about two hours this morning in Palm Beach County and has left one person with life threatening injuries.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol the accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. just past Exit 59-Gateway Boulevard when a white Hotel shuttle van had slowed down because someone was in the southbound lanes of the Interstate.

A red Ford Escort rear-ended the van, causing it to veer into the right shoulder of I-95, coming to rest facing north.  Then a red tractor-trailer struck the Ford Escort, the Escort was spun around when a Gold Ford Thunderbird struck the Escort head-on.

Authorities closed all lanes of I-95 to allow a Trauma Helicopter to land.

The passenger in the Ford Escort sustained life threatening injuries and was flown to the Delray Medical Center.  The Driver of the Escort, Antonio Mendoza sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital. Two other people were transported to the Hospital.  The pedestrian Dustin Rosa was not injured.

Police were able to the far right lane around 8 a.m. to allow traffic to squeeze by, but traffic was backed up for several miles.  All lanes of I-95 were reopened around 9 a.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol has not released the names of the individuals involved.

Police are investigating the accident.

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