Broward County

All 7 in Fatal Alligator Alley Crash Weren't Wearing Seatbelts or Child Restraints: FHP

1-year-old boy was ejected from pickup and killed at the scene, officials said

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None of the seven people who were traveling in a pickup truck when it blew a tire and overturned on Alligator Alley were wearing seatbelts or child restraints, including a 1-year-old boy who was ejected and killed at the scene, Florida highway Patrol officials said Friday.

The crash happened Thursday afternoon in the eastbound lanes of Alligator Alley near Mile Marker 27 in Broward County, according to an FHP report.

The report said the pickup truck had a tire blowout that forced it to go off the roadway and onto the grassy shoulder, where it overturned several times before ending up on its roof.

The 1-year-old boy was ejected and fell into a canal. After an hours-long search, his body was found, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Scene of the fatal rollover crash on Alligator Alley.

All seven of the people in the truck were from Tampa, including the 33-year-old man who was driving, a 31-year-old female passenger, a 56-year-old female passenger, a 10-year-old female passenger, an 8-year-old female passenger, a 4-year-old male passenger, and the baby.

None were wearing seatbelts or child restraints, the report said. The survivors were were taken to a local with mostly minor injuries and later released.

Officials haven't released any of their names.

The crash remains under investigation.

Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol say a tire blowout many have led to the deadly crash on Alligator Alley. Consumer Investigator Sasha Jones is taking a closer look at how to avoid the danger.
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