U.S. Highway 27 has reopened after a chain-reaction crash involving a tanker truck shut down the roadway in both directions Friday morning in western Broward County.
Traffic for early morning commuters on U.S. 27 was backed up for hours Friday morning after a tanker truck turned over near Interstate 75 and caused multiple crashes.
Broward Sheriff’s fire rescue workers were on the scene at about 6 a.m. to try to stop a fuel leak that happened when the truck flipped over. Initially U.S. 27 was closed in both directions, but just before 7 a.m. some southbound traffic was allowed to pass.
Florida Highway Patrol officials said that the truck driver, Eduardo Hernandez, lost control of his truck as he drove south on U.S. 27 and ended up veering off the road and turning over. Two other vehicles ended up crashing into the truck’s trailer, and another car, which was headed north, also turned over and crashed.
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Despite the delays and the multiple collisions, none of the drivers were injured.
Drivers were advised to seek alternate routes and use caution. Broward Sheriff’s Office officials said that the scene would take an extended amount of time to clear.