Vehicle catches fire in the Florida Keys
A two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Key Largo left one person dead, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office reported the crash at about 2:30 p.m., saying it involved a truck that had rolled over, and warning drivers on U.S. 1 to expect delays. The crash happened at mile marker 94 on U.S. 1.
Details of the crash weren’t immediately available from police.
All lanes were open by 5:15 p.m.
Also on Monday, the Florida Highway Patrol dealt with a vehicle fire at about 11:15 a.m. in Marathon that closed lanes for a time but no injuries were reported.
The northbound lanes were initially blocked, but traffic was redirected northbound through the southbound lanes, according to the FHP.
The driver of the 2011 Freightliner van was Pablo Raul Yacoub, 28, of Miami.
Police noticed smoke north of mile marker 49 and found the vehicle engulfed. Firefighters were already on the scene.
Yacoub told police he was driving and had smelled gas when another driver pulled next to him and told him that there was a fire under the vehicle.
Yacoub stopped and stepped out of the vehicle.
Earlier this month, a fatal crash in Key Largo left a mother dead and her toddler recovering from injuries.
The crash happened July 11 at mile marker 103 on U.S. 1, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Stacey Lopez, 30, was declared dead at the scene. Her passenger, her 2-year-old daughter, Naileya Clements, was flown by helicopter air ambulance to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
According to an FHP report, Lopez was driving southbound on U.S. 1 in a Chevrolet Cruze when she was hit by a Toyota Corolla, driven by Joel Sol, 63, from Islamorada, that was pulling out of a side street off the highway.
Lopez veered left and crossed the grassy median that separates north and southbound traffic and drove into the path of a northbound Volvo tanker truck, driven by Saul Gonzalez, 52, of Miramar, according to the FHP report.
The truck hit the Cruze.