Crash blocks US 1 in both directions

A traffic crash on the Snake Creek Bridge in Islamorada late Tuesday afternoon resulted in U.S. 1 being blocked in both directions, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The crash happened at 4:50 p.m. on the Snake Creek Bridge, mile marker 86. Alternating traffic started flowing around 6:50 p.m. but full traffic flow wasn’t restored until around 9 p.m.

Here’s what happened, according to the FHP:

A 2007 Lexus driven by Ariel Inclan, 30, of Virginia was southbound on U.S. 1 approaching the bridge at the same time a 2011 Kia sport utility vehicle driven by Amy Hoffman, 30, just crossed the top of the bridge northbound. Inclan crossed the center line at the base of the north side of the bridge and hit Hoffman’s Kia head-on.

With Hoffman were 13-year-old and 2-year-old girls. The Sheriff’s Office TraumaStar air ambulance airlifted the 13-year-old to Miami Children’s Hospital while the 2-year-old, Inclan and Hoffman were taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier.¬†Tuesday night, the 13-year-old was reported to be in stable condition.

“Alcohol may be involved,” the FHP reported, saying charges are pending further investigation.