The crash occurred in the southbound lanes of the Turnpike near Kenansville, about 30 miles south of Kissimmee, and was reported at 12:40 am. The Southbound lanes were shut down at U.S. Highway 192, where drivers were forced to exit, and were reopened at 11:30 am.
The driver, 57 year-old Lori McMillan, was driving at 5 mph in a 2003 Mitsubishi due to a flat tire. 30 year-old Sergio Caceres Bacas, was driving a Ford Explorer at around the same speed directly behind the Mitsubishi, according to State Troopers.
31 year-old Alexander Molina of Nebraska, driving a FedEx big rig with double trailer at normal speed, approached the SUVs. Not realizing the vehicles were driving so slowly, the semi struck the rear of the Ford Explorer and then the back of Mitsubishi before jackknifing.
A 55 year-old man and woman, and a 53 year-old woman in the Ford Explorer were not wearing seatbelts, and were ejected from the vehicle and died.
Troopers said a 55-year-old woman and a man who were not wearing seat belts were ejected from the Ford Explorer and died. A 53-year-old woman in the Ford Explorer who was also not wearing a seat belt died in the crash, a report said.
Caceres Bacas was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. He had a seat belt on at the time of the crash.
McMillian and Molina suffered minor injuries.
Traffic was backed up on U.S. 192, where another crash happened while traffic was being rerouted, officials said.
According to the latest available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
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