Overturned Diesel Truck Near Sawgrass Expressway. Traffic Backed Up To North of Boca Raton.
BY: TRAFFIC CENTER | BocaNewsNow.com
UPDATE: 9:20 p.m. — The road is now open.
UPDATE: 6:39 p.m. — The truck is now in the early stages of being removed from the scene.
UPDATE: 4:52 p.m. — Emergency officials tell BocaNewsNow.com that it is going to be a ”long term closure.” Expect the Turnpike to be closed for hours if not well into Tuesday morning.
UPDATE: 4:50 p.m. — Florida Highway Patrol just issued this statement to BocaNewsNow.com: ”We are presently working a traffic crash with non-life-threatening injuries involving a medium size fuel truck that overturned southbound on State Road 91 (Florida’s Turnpike) at approximately the 72 mile-marker. The fuel truck had a rear tire blowout causing the driver to lose control, overturning serval times in the grass on the right shoulder. The Fire Department declared this incident as a Hazmat incident. It is believed that the fuel truck contains approximately 800-1000gallons of fuel. A fuel leak has been identified. The driver was transported to Broward Health North with non-life-threatening. All southbound lanes are closed at this time. Traffic has been diverted onto Glades Road (Exit 75). This scene is fluent and information will be updated as it is received.”
UPDATE: 4:47 p.m. — With thanks to the FDOT traffic camera network, we can now see that this is likely going to continue for several hours. Northbound traffic is moving with significant gaper delays, but southbound traffic is not moving at all.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Florida Turnpike is closed southbound just before Glades Road and the backup as of 4 p.m. Monday is several miles.
A major crash earlier this afternoon left a diesel truck overturned in the area of the Sawgrass Expressway. That required all traffic to exit the southbound Turnpike at Glades Road in Boca Raton — or before Glades for drivers who realized something was wrong and could execute an emergency plan.
The Florida Department of Transportation reports that traffic is backed up at least five miles as mid-afternoon Monday — just as the evening commute is getting underway.
We will update as we receive more information, but FL511.Com, run by the State of Florida, is always a good bet for the latest detour information.
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