William Keyes Killed in Martin County, FL, Rollover Accident
Martin County, FL -- May 6, 2017, William M. Keyes was killed due to an accident in which his dump truck rolled over off the highway.
Authorities from the Florida State Highway Patrol were called out to investigate the accident at around 6:00 a.m. near the intersection of Sw Martin Highway and Allapatah Road.
Preliminary investigations indicate that 63-year-old Keyes was driving a dump truck eastbound along the highway. For reasons which have yet to be determined, the truck lost control and veered off the side of the highway. This caused the truck to overturn into a ditch.
Keyes suffered fatal injuries in the accident, and responding EMS officials pronounced him dead at the scene. No other injuries occurred.
Police are still investigating possible factors contributing to the accident. No further information has been reported.
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