One woman was killed Dec 10
after the SUV she was driving crossed the median of Florida's Turnpike west of
Orlando and hit a truck carrying munitions for the military, causing a large
explosion, officials said.
Kim Miller, spokeswoman for
the Florida Highway Patrol, told CNN two other young women inside the Ford
Explorer were critically injured and taken to the Orlando Regional Medical
The truck was part of a convoy
of vehicles that was hired by the military to transport the material to Eglin
Air Force Base near Fort Walton, Miller said.
The driver of the truck
carrying the munitions escaped harm, Miller said, despite the crash near
Clermont, which exploded the rig's gas tank and set off three containers of
Aerial video from local news
stations showed debris showered over a wide area of the highway and median, and
showed the melted front end of the hired truck and its damaged trailer.
Authorities shut down the
northbound and southbound lanes of the turnpike for a 15-mile stretch from
State Route 50 near Orlando to U.S. 27 in Lake County.
don't know what caused the SUV to cross the median, Miller said.