A driver from Kissimmee was killed early Monday morning in a crash on the Florida Turnpike where troopers were investigating an earlier fatal wreck, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The first crash took place at 3:30 am in the southbound lanes of the turnpike near mile marker 269.
According to FHP, a 22-year-old woman from Orlando was driving her car on the turnpike and for an unknown reason stopped in the right lane. A pickup truck driven by a 22-year-old man from Ohio crashed into the back of the car, killing the woman, according to FHP.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts and the Ohio man only suffered minor injuries, according to the FHP crash report.
Tragically, only an hour and 40 minutes later, another fatal crash took place at the same location.
A Road Ranger was helping with the first crash and was parked in a southbound lane next to the open lane in of the Turnpike with his lights on, arrow board and cones placed on the road directing drivers to the open lane of traffic, troopers said.
A car driven by a 32-year-old Kissimmee woman failed to slow down, crashing through the cones and into the back of the Road Ranger’s pickup truck.
The woman was taken to Health Central, where she later died, the FHP said. The Road Ranger suffered only minor injuries, according to troopers.