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1-year-old boy from Tampa dies in crash in Alligator Alley, driver and 5 other passengers injured

No one was wearing seat belts, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed Thursday evening that the 1-year-old that went missing following a crash has been found dead.

The FHP said three adults and four children were traveling in a pickup truck in the Alligator Alley portion of Interstate 75 in Broward County. Everyone in the truck is from Tampa.

No one was wearing seat belts, and the children were not in any child restraints, according to the FHP report. 

Troopers say the truck was traveling eastbound near mile marker 27 when it suffered a tire blowout. The truck then ran off the roadway and onto the shoulder, overturning several times before coming to rest on its roof.

FHP said the 1-year-old boy was ejected from the truck and fell into a portion of the canal, where he was later found and pronounced dead.

The three other children in the truck, ages 4, 8 and 10, and the driver had minor injuries. The two other passengers, ages 31 and 56, suffered serious injuries.

The crash is still under investigation.

FHP in West Palm Beach had eastbound lanes of I-75 at mile marker 27 remain closed for hours for the investigation.

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