A tractor-trailer truck driver was taken to a trauma center as a precaution after his vehicle went over the side of the Beeline Highway overpass of Florida’s Turnpike on Saturday morning in rainy conditions, a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman said.
The crash at the mile marker 107 exit disrupted travel on the two highways for several hours. That included Frank H. Peters Jr., who was driving on the turnpike and captured video sent to WPTV.
Reyes also posted images on Facebook showing the truck dangling and efforts by his agency.
Tom Reyes told WPTV the driver was the only one involved in the crash.
PBCFR and Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue responded at 8:15 a.m. and they were was able to get the driver out at 9:06 a.m., Reyes said.
The truck, hauling scrap metal, lost control and was partially ejected from the overpass with the cab suspended in the air.
“Weather may have played a role in this incident, as it was raining at the time of the crash,” Reyes said.
The driver was awake and aware, communicating with first responders. That person was able to walk from the bucket of the ladder truck to a waiting stretcher “under their own power.,” Reyes said.
During this operation, there were two other crashes on the southbound side of the turnpike, attributed to people driving distracted and taking cellphone videos of this incident, Reyes said.
Two hours after the crash, the turnpike’s northbound lanes were backed up.
Reyes recommends using the Okeechobee exit if traveling northbound on the Turnpike northbound.
WPTV photojournalist Jeff Ringrose observed the truck resting at the three-way intersection of the ramps and the overpass. Crew were checking out the exterior of the cab.
Three on- and off-ramps are closed with only the southbound off ramp that leads to the spur and North Jog Road open.