Three truckers were recuperating Wednesday after a major crash on Long Key Bridge shut down a Keys stretch of U.S. 1 at mile marker 63 for more than eight hours Tuesday.
The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash was a byproduct of ongoing construction on the bridge. The collision shut down U.S. 1 both northbound and southbound from 2:30 to 10:45 a.m.
The Florida Highway Patrol says Nelson Morales, 42, of Miami, driving a 2014 Freighter truck, and Kenneth Lougheed, 54, of Miami, driving a 2005 Mack, were stopped in the southbound lane due to a lane closure.
That's when Angel Velazquez, 36, of Miami, behind the wheel of a 2007 Freighter, slammed into Morales' truck. In turn, Morales' truck was shoved into Lougheed's truck.
Velazquez, given a ticket for careless driving, was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami while Morales and Lougheed were treated at Fishermen's Community Hospital in Marathon.
Emergency-services personnel dealt with a fuel spill. It also took hours to remove the three trucks from the road. Troopers estimated combined damage to the trucks was $31,500.