Two sets of crashes involving 11 cars on Florida’s Turnpike snarled traffic during Tuesday morning’s commute, closing several northbound and southbound lanes near the Broward and Miami-Dade border.
The crashes occurred about a quarter-mile apart near Northwest 27th Avenue shortly after 6:30 a.m., said Miramar Fire Rescue spokesman José A. Gregorisch, though he said it was unclear which of the crashes occurred first. Two people sustained minor injuries in one crash, which involved a dump truck, a gas tanker and five other vehicles.
The second, four-car crash required firefighters to shut down lanes in both directions on the highway to airlift a man in his 50s to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood with more serious injuries, Gregorisch said. Another person also suffered minor injuries in that crash.
The more seriously injured person “was in a pickup truck that rolled over on the embankment,” Gregorisch said. In all four people were taken to the hospital.
Miramar police officers and Florida Highway Patrol troopers also responded to the crash. Drivers were advised to consider the Palmetto Expressway as an alternate route.