With a toppled cement truck that crushed a car and a woman who jumped from an expressway overpass and landed in the path of a pickup, the holiday weekend traffic crunch in South Florida got off to a rough start.
With drivers eager to rush from work and start their weekend of leisure, traffic was backed up for miles on several area expressways.
Here were the big problems:
And all of the problems came before the weekend got started.
Even with the dozens of crashes reported on Friday, troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol stand ready to help keep order on the roads.
“We’ll have all available troopers out working and looking for speeders, seatbelt violators, drunk drivers and aggressive drivers,” said FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky of the Broward troop.
There are no predictions on how many accidents or fatalities are expected this weekend, but last year there were about 27 traffic fatalities statewide during Memorial Day weekend.