By CBSMiami.com Team

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating after a pedestrian was struck near the Bird Road southbound entrance to the Turnpike.

The person who ran onto the highway is a psychiatric patient at Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Police say he became combative inside the hospital and ran away.

Hospital staff and police ran after him.

The young man in his 20s survived getting hit.

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He’s being treated for his new injuries as well as his previous condition.

Chopper4 over the scene as southbound traffic was being diverted off the Turnpike. (CBS4)

The accident caused a major traffic mess at the height of rush hour.

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The southbound Turnpike was temporarily closed from 8 Street to Bird Road as a result of the incident.

CBSMiami.com Team