Driver dies after SUV is trapped under 18-wheeler on U.S. 27

A man died early Thursday after his SUV hit the side of a truck, got stuck underneath the tractor-trailer and dragged — all without the truck driver even realizing it, police said.

The deadly collision occurred about 5:51 a.m. on U.S. 27 at Pines Road in Pembroke Pines, police said. The fatal crash closed the southbound lanes of the highway, causing detours and lengthy delays.

Armas Gallego, 53, of Miami, died at the scene in west Broward County, said Sgt. John Baker, a spokesman for Pembroke Pines police.

Gallego was driving a 2013 Nissan Rogue northbound on the highway when it hit the rear of the driver’s side of the westbound semi as it entered the intersection, Baker said.

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