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Fatal tractor-trailer overturn on Turnpike extension ramp snarls traffic all day

Miami-Dade rescue crews work to pull the body from a tractor-trailer that overturned on the Florida Turnpike Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 7, 2018.
Miami-Dade rescue crews work to pull the body from a tractor-trailer that overturned on the Florida Turnpike Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 7, 2018. CBS4 Miami

Neighbors near the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens say the fatal tractor-trailer crash on a Turnpike extension ramp felt “like an earthquake,” CBS4 reported.

Motorists — stuck in traffic after the 18-wheeler overturned on the off ramp from the northbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike near Northwest 199th Street around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday — fumed.

It took about seven hours, but all lanes traveling northbound and southbound on the Turnpike finally reopened at 6:50 p.m., said FHP Lt. Alvaro Feola. The openings include the northbound SR-91 off ramp, which carries drivers from the Turnpike extension to the northbound Turnpike just east of 27th Avenue, where the accident occurred.

The truck, registered to Eastbound Trucking, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, had its “cab impaled on the guardrail,” according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

FHP has not identified the driver, who died, pending notification of his family. Feola said he was a 54-year-old man from Miami.

According to FHP, the driver failed to negotiate the curve and the truck rotated and overturned on the right side of the roadway, wiping out a section of guard rail.

More than 100 Miami-Dade firefighters responded after the semi overturned, WPLG Local 10 reported. But the driver was trapped inside the crushed cab. After rescue crews pried open the cabin, using the “Jaws of Life,” they were able to pull the man from the wreckage, but he was already dead, FHP said.

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