WEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) - Two people have been killed and two others have been airlifted to the hospital after they were involved in a crash on U.S. 27 in West Broward, authorities said.

Florida Highway Patrol, Broward Sheriff’s Office and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue units have responded to the scene of the crash along the northbound lanes on mile marker 35, two miles north of Interstate 75, Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said a dark colored sedan was traveling northbound when it was struck by a tractor-trailer with a purple cab at around 3:20 p.m., causing the car to spin around.

BSO deputies were removing stolen vehicles from a nearby boat ramp at the time of the collision.

Rescue teams worked to extricate the deceased victims from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene

Another man was extricated and airlifted to Broward Health Medical Center. The second surviving victim was also airlifted to BHMC. Officials said their injuries are life-threatening.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not hurt.

Troopers have shut down the highway in both directions near the scene of the crash.

Officials advise drivers to avoid the area and take Snake Road or State Road 80 for western Palm Beach County as alternate routes.

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