FHP UPDATE: West Melbourne man, 53, killed when his Dodge Durango crashed, burned in Phantom Fireworks building

SUV collided with the Phantom Fireworks building, igniting the fireworks and engulfing the vehicle in flames

WATCH: A 53-year-old man from West Melbourne was killed Monday afternoon when his Dodge Durango crashed at the Phantom Fireworks site in Melbourne at 4433 W. New Haven Avenue, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Steve Wilson provides the live coverage on site.

WATCH: A 53-year-old man from West Melbourne was killed Monday afternoon when his Dodge Durango crashed at the Phantom Fireworks site in Melbourne at 4433 W. New Haven Avenue, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Steve Wilson provides the live coverage on site.

BREVARD COUNTY • WEST MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Highway Patrol Troopers are on the scene of a fatal accident that occurred at approximately 4:15 pm on S. John Rodes Boulevard and US Highway 192 (West New Haven Avenue) in Melbourne.

According to FHP Public Affairs Officer Lt. Tara Crescenzi, two vehicles were involved in the crash, a 2017 Dodge Durango and a 2006 Toyota Tacoma.

“Preliminary evidence shows that the Durango hit the Toyota, causing both vehicles to pass through the intersection and into the Phantom Fireworks parking lot at 4433 W New Haven Avenue,” Lieutenant Crescenzi said.

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According to Lieutenant Crescenzi, the Durango, driven by a 53-year-old man from West Melbourne, continued across the car park and collided with the Phantom Fireworks building, igniting the fireworks inside and causing the Durango to burst into flames.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, whose identity has not yet been released.

“Our traffic homicide investigators are working to confirm the identity of the driver,” Lieutenant Crescenzi said.

The driver of the Toyota Tacoma, a 39-year-old woman from West Melbourne, was not injured and remained at the scene after the crash.

Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Patrick Voltaire said at a news conference that two Phantom Fireworks employees escaped injury when the building caught fire.

About 30 firefighters from Brevard County Fire Rescue, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Melbourne Fire Service and West Melbourne Police responded to the incident causing fireworks to explode, adding to the danger to the firefighters working with ladder trucks.

Florida Highway Patrol Troopers and the State Fire Marshal were on the scene to investigate details of the crash and ensuing fire.

“We only have preliminary information at this time as our traffic investigators are on the scene investigating this fatal collision,” Lieutenant Crescenzi said.

There is currently a roadblock on the eastbound lanes of US Highway 192 and the accident is still under investigation.

About 30 firefighters from Brevard County Fire Rescue, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Melbourne Fire Service and West Melbourne Police responded to the incident causing fireworks to explode, adding to the danger to the firefighters working with ladder trucks. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers and the State Fire Marshal were on the scene to investigate details of the crash and ensuing fire. (Steve Wilson image)
About 30 firefighters from Brevard County Fire Rescue, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Melbourne Fire Service and West Melbourne Police responded to the incident causing fireworks to explode, adding to the danger to the firefighters working with ladder trucks. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers and the State Fire Marshal were on the scene to investigate details of the crash and ensuing fire. (Steve Wilson image)
About 30 firefighters from Brevard County Fire Rescue, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Melbourne Fire Service and West Melbourne Police responded to the incident causing fireworks to explode, adding to the danger to the firefighters working with ladder trucks. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers and the State Fire Marshal were on the scene to investigate details of the crash and ensuing fire. (Steve Wilson image)
About 30 firefighters from Brevard County Fire Rescue, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the Melbourne Fire Department and the West Melbourne Police Department responded to the incident causing fireworks to explode, adding to the danger to the firefighters working with ladder trucks. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers and the State Fire Marshal were on the scene to investigate details of the crash and ensuing fire. (Steve Wilson image)
About 30 firefighters from Brevard County Fire Rescue, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Melbourne Fire Service and West Melbourne Police responded to the incident causing fireworks to explode, adding to the danger to the firefighters working with ladder trucks. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers and the State Fire Marshal were on the scene to investigate details of the crash and ensuing fire. (Steve Wilson image)

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