Miami-Dade County

Traffic moving — slowly — on turnpike after major truck crash

A car crashed into a rolled-over truck on southbound Florida’s turnpike Wednesday morning in a chain of events that involved other vehicles and a dramatic rescue. The stretch of highway near SW Eighth Street was shut down.
A car crashed into a rolled-over truck on southbound Florida’s turnpike Wednesday morning in a chain of events that involved other vehicles and a dramatic rescue. The stretch of highway near SW Eighth Street was shut down. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Traffic is moving again, albeit slowly, on Florida’s Turnpike after police shut down a stretch of southbound lanes on Wednesday morning at Southwest Eighth Street after a massive crash.

The six-vehicle crash started when a wheelbarrow belonging to a truck driving north detached and flew off, causing a semi-trailer truck — also driving in the northbound lanes — to lose control, said Jose Sanchez, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman.

The 18-wheeler carrying two cargo sections went over the guardrail and flipped on its side across the southbound lanes, with one compartment partially blocking a northbound lane.

A Toyota sedan crashed into the tipped food-delivery truck trailer. A van also was involved in the crash and rescue workers removed a passenger with the “jaws of life.”

Two of the six drivers involved in the crash were taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center: a woman in critical condition and a man with non-life-threatening injuries, according to FHP.

Several highway exits leading up to Southwest Eighth Street were blocked off for hours and the northbound traffic had major delays.

“It took about three hours to clear,” Sanchez said.

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