Broward County

Child's Body Found in Canal After Rollover Crash on Alligator Alley

The child's body was found in the water, authorities said

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Authorities recovered the body of a 1-year-old boy who was ejected from a pickup truck during a rollover crash Thursday on Alligator Alley in Broward County.

The crash happened in the eastbound lanes of the roadway near Mile Marker 28 and left the six other people who were also inside the Nissan Frontier with minor injuries, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue officials said.

Authorities said truck had a tire blowout, which caused it to veer into a ditch and overturn several times before it came to a rest on its roof between the roadway and a canal, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The infant was thrown from the vehicle, and dozens of police and rescue workers, including a dive team, spent hours searching for the child.

The boy's body was discovered in the canal. Officials didn't immediately identify the baby or the other people who were injured in the crash. Investigators didn't say whether the baby was in a car seat.

Three adults and three other children, who are all from Tampa, were hospitalized in serious but stable condition.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said troopers were responding and that all eastbound lanes of Alligator Alley were closed at the scene.

No other information was immediately known.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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