Axel Duarte Ortiz of West Palm Beach, 33, died in the four-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95’s southbound lanes Wednesday.

BOYNTON BEACH — Debris was the catalyst for a fatal four-car crash Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 95 in Boynton Beach, the Florida Highway Patrol said.


West Palm Beach resident Axel E. Duarte Ortiz, 33, was killed in the wreck. Three other drivers sustained minor injuries, authorities said.



The crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. on southbound I-95 between Boynton Beach Boulevard and Woolbright Road.


Maria Francisco Andres, 21, of Lake Worth Beach slowed the 2003 Ford Explorer SUV she was driving when she spotted debris partially in the roadway.


Ernesto Robania, 50, of Miami veered the Isuzu box truck he was driving to the left to avoid crashing into Andres’ SUV.


Ortiz’s 1992 Ford F-350 pickup crashed into the back of the box truck, prompting the truck to turn into the path of the tractor-trailer 48-year-old Freddy Fernandez was driving.


Meanwhile, Ortiz’s pickup continued into the back of Andres’ SUV.


The wreck closed southbound lanes for several hours as FHP investigated.


Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, the report said.


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