SMITHFIELD — A 32-year-old man from Long Island, N.Y., and a 35-year-old from Arizona were the two people killed in a car crash that sent seven others from Florida to hospitals and closed southbound Interstate 95 early Wednesday morning, the State Highway Patrol said Thursday.
Troopers had withheld the names while they worked with law enforcement in the other states to reach next of kin.
Michael K. Brennan of West Islip, N.Y., and Mark G. Klein of Surprise, Ariz., died when the 2014 Dodge minivan that Brennan was driving south was hit by a Chevrolet Avalanche that was going north, hit the median guardrail and went into the southbound lanes near the U.S. 70 Business interchange near Smithfield, 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon, a patrol spokesman, said.
Kevin Klare Hickey, 40, from Titusville, Fla., was a passenger in the minivan and was not badly hurt, troopers said.
The six people in the Avalanche were seriously hurt, including a woman and a 2-year-old girl who were thrown from it as it kept moving and wound up on the shoulder of the highway.
The minivan went off the road and hit several trees after the Avalanche struck it, Gordon said.
Troopers ruled out speed and alcohol as reasons for the crash and were continuing to investigate.