1 dead, another hurt in crash on S.R. 60

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Update: All eastbound lanes on State Road 60 reopened by 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Earlier story:

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — An 84-year-old Vero Beach woman was killed and a man was seriously hurt in a two-vehicle crash that shut down eastbound State Road 60 on Tuesday, authorities said.

The collision, involving a Honda Azera and a Nissan Altima, happened about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at eastbound S.R. 60 and Royal Palm Drive East, near 71st Avenue, Indian River County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Joe Kovaleski said. The woman drove the Nissan southbound on Royal Palm Drive when she made a left turn into the path of the oncoming Honda, traveling westbound on S.R. 60, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

The vehicles collided, pushing the Nissan in a southwestern direction where it crashed into a guardrail. The Honda, driven by the man, 89, of Vero Beach, also crashed into a guardrail, troopers said.

The woman was taken by ambulance to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital for treatment, Kovaleski said. The man was taken by ambulance to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce.

The woman later died from her injuries, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Yanko Reyes said. The man was last listed in serious condition, Kovaleski said.

The man and woman’s identities were not immediately released. Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, highway troopers said.

Both vehicles were totaled in the wreck, Kovaleski said. Authorities closed all eastbound lanes on S.R. 60 from 74th Avenue to 66th Avenue.

Traffic was diverted at 74th Avenue. Highway troopers continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

No further details were available. 

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