Authorities in West Miami-Dade have stopped the dump truck involved in a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 95 that seriously injured a Florida Highway Patrol trooper and left him trapped inside his cruiser for nearly an hour.
The driver, identified as Roberto Peña, 64, was located near 47th Avenue and Eighth Street in Miami, and has been held but not yet charged, according to FHP Lt. Alexander Annunziato.
Traffic on Interstate 95 had been blocked off from Pembroke Road to Hallandale Beach Boulevard during the extraction, but has since been reopened.
According to Sgt. Mark Wysocky, an FHP spokesman, the male trooper was parked by the median near Pembroke Road in the highway's southbound lanes when the dump truck sideswiped a Toyota sedan. The sedan ran off the road and slammed into the cruiser, pushing it up against the wall and crumpling the body.
Rescue workers with the Broward Sheriff's Office extricated the trooper, Wysocky said.
"I know they had to cut off the roof at some point," he said.
Wysocky said the trooper, whom he would not name, was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in serious condition. He is expected to be fine, Wysocky added.