Police ID teen drivers who ran away from Alligator Alley crash that killed 9-year-old girl

Two drivers who may have been racing tried to run away through the middle of the Everglades after causing a crash early Wednesday that flipped a Chevrolet Blazer carrying seven people, including a 9-year-old girl who was killed, officials said.

The crash happened about 3:30 a.m. on Interstate 75 near Mile Marker 43 and kept a more than 20 mile westbound stretch of the highway known as Alligator Alley closed for about six hours.

Just before the crash, two cars — an Infiniti and a Nissan — were heading west and believed to be going fast, said Lt. Alvaro Feola, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman.

“We don’t know if it’s drag racing or not. Obviously we’re looking to see if speed was a factor,” Feola said.

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