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One dead as car crashes jam highways connecting Miami and Miami Beach

Cars at the back of the traffic jam turn around after a fatal crash shut down Interstate 95 northbound at State Road 112.
Cars at the back of the traffic jam turn around after a fatal crash shut down Interstate 95 northbound at State Road 112. Florida Dept. of Transportation

A trio of car crashes on a stormy morning left at least one person dead and clogged traffic around the main highways connecting Miami Beach to Miami Monday morning.

Around 10 a.m., 47-year-old truck driver Alfredo Cobas lost control of his Mitsubishi truck on the wet roads as he traveled in the northbound Interstate 95 express lanes, Florida Highway Patrol said. Cobas’ truck hit the inside wall, spun across the express lanes then out of the express lanes while flinging Cobas from the cab (he wasn’t wearing his seat belt).

Cobas wound up on the pavement. Miami Fire Rescue declared him dead on the scene.

The crash, near where traffic from State Road 112 enters I-95, backed up northbound traffic on I-95 for hours. Drivers coming west from Miami Beach via the Julia Tuttle Causeway and I-195 were also affected.

Just to the south, another crash shut down two eastbound lanes on the MacArthur Causeway east of Watson Island from 10:20 p.m. until 10:50 p.m. Less than a minute after that crash, another crash closed two westbound lanes of I-395 near the U.S. 1/Biscayne Boulevard exit.

Earlier in the morning, Miami Beach Police tweeted advice to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

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