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.READ MORE: Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho On Mask Use For Upcoming School Year: 'Decision Cannot Be Rushed'
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.READ MORE: Cleveland Clinic Weston Once Again #1 Hospital In Miami-Fort Lauderdale Metro Area
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.MORE NEWS: Calls Continue For Cuban Embassy In DC To Be Shut Down
The FHP said the Turnpike Extension lanes will mostly likely be reopened by mid-day.