By Team

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A deadly crash involving a dump truck snarled traffic for hours on the Turnpike Extension on Wednesday morning.

The accident happened in the southbound lanes near mile marker 39 around 6 a.m.

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The Florida Highway Patrol said the driver of the truck carrying gravel lost control and slammed into a concrete barrier wall. The impact caused the truck to overturn, the driver was ejected. He landed in the highway’s shoulder area and died on the scene.

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The FHP said the highway was wet due to early morning rainfall and that may have been a contributing factor.

As a result of the crash, all southbound lanes were closed just south of the I-75 exit. Thousands of drivers were diverted to the southbound Palmetto Expressway which added to the usual rush-hour nightmare there.

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The FHP said the Turnpike Extension lanes will mostly likely be reopened by mid-day. Team