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A Fort Pierce man died after a two-vehicle crash about noon Monday on Florida’s Turnpike in Osceola County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Gerard Hall, 63, was a passenger in a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu that was driving southbound on the turnpike near mile marker 193, at Yeehaw Junction, said Sgt. Kim Montes, FHP spokeswoman, in a news release.
At 11:58 a.m., a tractor-trailer driven by Rafael Contreras, 44, of Kissimmee, was driving alongside the Malibu and attempted to change lanes. The Malibu became lodged under the truck as both vehicles left the roadway and collided with a guardrail in the center median, the release states.
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Both vehicles caught fire and separated, the release states. Hall was unable to evacuate the car and died at the scene, the release states.
Contreras and the driver of the Malibu, John Sears, 58, of Fort Pierce, escaped and were taken to Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee with minor injuries, according to the release. All three men were wearing seat belts, the release states.
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The crash remains under investigation, and charges are pending, Montes said in the release.
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