Miami-Dade County

Flipped truck slows down traffic on westbound 836

A flipped truck blocks traffic during afternoon rush hour on State Road 836 near Northwest 72nd Avenue on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
A flipped truck blocks traffic during afternoon rush hour on State Road 836 near Northwest 72nd Avenue on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. El Nuevo Herald

Despite all lanes being open, traffic was still sluggish on State Road 836 Tuesday evening after a flipped truck had blocked all westbound lanes for commuters earlier in the afternoon.

The truck overturned around 2 p.m. near Northwest 72nd Avenue. By the time rush hour came to a peak, only one westbound lane was open and eastbound lanes were slow-moving.

The truck is straddling the retaining wall in the middle of the highway, also known as the Dolphin Expressway.

Authorities suggested commuters returning home take Flagler Street or Southwest Eighth Street because traffic on 836 was backed up to Interstate 95 around 5 p.m.

Several Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene to treat three injured people.

The trucker was trapped inside the cabin and had to be removed by firefighters. He was taken to a nearby trauma center, said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Erika Benitez. Two passengers in another vehicle were injured.

A Hazmat team was also on scene due to a minor fuel spill, authorities said.

The crash is being investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.

This bulletin will be updated when more information becomes available.

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