Broward County

Car vs. garbage truck shuts down major Broward thoroughfare

All lanes on West Commercial Boulevard in Lauderhill have reopened hours after they were shut down for a collision between a car and garbage truck.

The crash happened along Northwest 64th Avenue and West Commercial Boulevard in Lauderhill shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday. The road was still closed seven hours later. It reopened shortly after 11 a.m.

Based on the initial investigation, a car was traveling east when it collided with a Republic Waste Management truck as it was making a left turn, said Lt. Michael Santiago, spokesman for Lauderhill police.

The driver of the car is in serious condition and was taken to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Officials say the driver is a male but his age and identity are still unknown.

Republic Services, the company that owns the garbage truck, is based in Phoenix and provides non-hazardous solid waste and recycling services for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers across 45 states and Puerto Rico, according to their website.

“Safety is the top priority at Republic Services, and our thoughts go out to those involved in the incident this morning on Commercial Boulevard,” the company said in a statement to the Miami Herald. “Republic Services is fully cooperating with local authorities who are investigating the incident.”

Investigators are still on the scene and are asking drivers to use caution when driving in the area.

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