A construction worker plunged off State Road 836 Wednesday morning after a truck toppled on its side at the edge of the expressway.
The unidentified man was conscious when rescue workers responded to the scene near Northwest37th Avenue and 14th Street shortly after 10:20 a.m., rescue officials said. He was rushed to the nearby Ryder Trauma Center for treatment.
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The incident occurred on the westbound side of the highway, which is also known as the Dolphin Expressway. But it was on a part of the road under construction, separated from traffic.
Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez said the worker was operating a crane as part of construction on 836 near when, for unknown reasons, the crane flipped, throwing him from the back of the crane and off the overpass.
. “Thank God, it could have been worse,” Sanchez said. “The crane could have fallen on a car, but it didn't.”
Traffic on 836 was moving slowly early Wednesday afternoon and the westbound exit to 42nd Avenue remains closed until the truck is righted and an inspector can check damage to the ramp. Sanchez said Highway Patrol officers expect the exit to be closed until mid-afternoon.
Motorists passing the scene after the incident saw a truck toppled onto the cement barrier at the edge of the expressway, facing east and with half of its wheels off the ground. A mechanical arm from the truck leaned off the side of the expressway.