SW Miami-Dade

Infant Killed in Crash, Miami-Dade Officer Injured Shutting Down Turnpike

An infant was killed and several others were injured in an early-morning crash in Southwest Miami-Dade, and an officer was injured shutting down the Florida Turnpike shortly after

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An infant was killed and several others including a police officer were injured in an early-morning crash Sunday on the Florida's Turnpike in southwest Miami-Dade.

The crash happened around 3:15 a.m. Sunday on the Turnpike in the area of Quail Roost Drive and involved a Toyota sedan and a Ford sedan that were both traveling in the northbound lanes.

The front of the Toyota collided with the rear of the Ford, according to Florida Highway Patrol officials.

FHP said there were a total of four occupants in the Ford at the time of the crash, including two infants in the rear seats, a 3-month-old and 1-year-old.

All four occupants in the Ford were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where the 3-month-old baby later died, according to FHP.

According to the baby's father, the family was on the side of the road because their engine was getting hot when they were suddenly struck from behind.

The driver of the Toyota, an adult male, was transported to Jackson South with non-life-threatening injuries.

Shortly after the incident, a Miami-Dade police officer’s vehicle was struck by another vehicle while shutting down the entrance ramp to the Florida Turnpike.

The officer was inside his vehicle at the time of impact.

Both the officer and civilian were transported to JMH South by fire rescue for evaluation as a precaution, according to MDPD. There were no visible injuries.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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