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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An overturned tanker truck snarled traffic on a portion of the Turnpike extension Friday morning and hours later, the southbound lanes remain closed.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the accident, at about 6:15 a.m., happened in the southbound lanes near Bird Road.

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The overturned tanker spilled up to 7,500 gallons of fuel onto the roadway. The driver of the truck was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert.

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Both northbound and southbound lanes of the turnpike were closed so the vehicles can be removed and the fuel spill cleaned up. The northbound lanes have since re-opened.

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Drivers are urged to use the Palmetto Expressway as an alternate. Team