Traffic is now flowing in both directions on State Road 826 after a crane struck the underneath of the overpass on NW 27th Ave. this afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The bobcat crane was traveling northbound on a semi-truck on NW 27th Ave. when the strike occurred at about 4:15 p.m. causing significant damage. Engineers from the state Department of Transportation were called out to inspect the overpass and determine the extent of the damage while clean up crews worked to clean up the debris.
"The Palmetto is open, thank god almighty," said FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez.
Two lanes of N.W. 27th Ave. remain closed while crews repair the damage and finish the cleanup.
There were no injuries or reports of damage to any other vehicles.
"Our precaution is to get this open as quickly as possible but we have to be able to make sure it safe so cars don't fall down onto 27th Ave.," said Sanchez as he awaited DOT'S decision.
Traffic had been diverted away in both directions on SR 826 and NW 27th Ave. causing major delays and detours during rush hour traffic.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.