One dead and one injured in the Benjamin Franklin Parkway crash

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Pensacola, Fl

Police say a man died and a woman was injured after a motorist lost control of his car and crashed into a tree in the middle of Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

According to authorities, just before 4:30 in the morning, a 2017 Volkswagen Jetta was driving west on Vine Street near 20th Street. The driver lost control of the car when he swerved to avoid the traffic cones blocking the outside lanes heading west of Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Police say the driver struck the center of the center and continued through inner lanes before hitting a tree and pole on a mediator between the inner lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway near 20th Street.

The 20-year-old driver was seriously injured and taken to Jefferson Hospital, where he died. Police say one of the three passengers in the car required medical attention but was expected to recover.

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