Driver Killed in Crash With Tractor-Trailer in Coral Springs

Fatal crash Monday morning after car collided with tractor-trailer: Police

By Julia Bagg and Brian Hamacher
|  Monday, Nov 19, 2012  |  Updated 2:11 PM EDT
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A 29-year-old man was killed when his car collided with a tractor-trailer in Coral Springs, police said. Police and the man's mother discuss the incident.

A 29-year-old man was killed when his car collided with a tractor-trailer in Coral Springs, police said. Police and the man's mother discuss the incident.

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Coral Springs Police spokesman Lt. Joe McHugh discusses a crash involving a tractor-trailer that killed a 29-year-old man.
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Authorities were investigating a fatal crash involving an 18-wheeler and a car in Coral Springs early Monday.

The crash happened around 4 a.m. in the area of State Road 7 and Turtle Creek Road.

Coral Springs Police spokesman Lt. Joe McHugh said the driver of a 4-door red Lexus rammed into the tractor-trailer and then went airborne into some bushes.

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According to McHugh, the driver of the truck heard a thud but looked behind him and didn't see anything. When he got to his destination he realized there was damage to the truck and returned to the scene about a half hour after the crash.

"The red vehicle, the Lexus, ended up striking the rear of the tractor-trailer, which was the thud that the driver actually heard, causing the vehicle to go off the roadway and hit a tree," McHugh said.

The driver of the Lexus was killed at the scene and the truck driver wasn't injured and is cooperating with police, McHugh said. The victim's identity wasn't released.

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"There is severe damage done to the Lexus, it actually peeled part of the roof back on the Lexus, it was a very severe impact," McHugh said. "Unfortunately, the 29-year-old male driver did lose his life in the accident."

Southbound traffic on State Road 7 was backed up early Monday as police investigated the incident. Portions of nearby Wiles Road and Sample Road were also shut down due to the crash.

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