Two airlifted after multiple-car crash on U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys


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Two people were seriously injured and flown to a Miami-Dade County hospital Tuesday morning after a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys.

Monroe County’s helicopter air ambulance flew them to Jackson South Medical Center in Kendall around 11:40 a.m., according to county reports.

The crash happened on U.S. 1 in the Middle Keys city of Marathon between 82nd and 83rd streets, according to a text alert from the sheriff’s office.

At 11:30 a.m., one lane of the highway was blocked while emergency crews cleared the scene. The highway was opened in both directions by noon, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Florida Highway Patrol released preliminary information about the crash late Tuesday afternoon.

Those taken to Jackson South were Arnoldo Orozco, 72, of Miami, who was driving a 2010 Ford F150 pickup truck, and Linda Brown, 69, of Marathon, who was driving a 2011 Ford Fusion.

The FHP did not release details about the crash. Trooper Julio Carrillo wrote in his report that both vehicles had front-end damage and were in the east-side shoulder of the northbound lanes of U.S. 1 when he arrived.

Orozco told Carrillo he did not remember what happened. Brown’s statement “is still pending,” Carrillo wrote.

Neither driver was drinking, according to the report.

“Any charges are pending further information,” Carrillo wrote.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

David Goodhue covers the Florida Keys and South Florida for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald. Before joining the Herald, he covered Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.