Southbound Turnpike reopens after Deerfield Beach truck accident

DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - All southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike were reopened to traffic in Deerfield Beach, hours after, officials said, a truck collided with another truck that was parked on the side of the road, sending one driver to the hospital, Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident took place just south of the Sawgrass Expressway. Investigators said a box truck driver had pulled over to the side of the road and had stepped out of the cab when the other truck clipped the side of the victim’s vehicle and hit him.

Authorities said the impact tore a hole on the side of the victim’s truck and seriously injured the driver.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue airlifted the victim to Broward Health North in unknown condition. The northbound lanes of the Turnpike were temporarily shut down to accommodate the chopper.

Southbound traffic was diverted to the Sawgrass Expressway as cleanup crews cleared the debris on the southbound lanes.

Further complicating the commute on the Turnpike, another accident took place on the southbound lanes, near Hillsboro Boulevard, just north of the scene of the truck accident, at around 4:15 p.m. The circumstances behind the second accident are unknown.

At around 5:30 p.m., authorities had opened all but one of the southbound lanes to traffic.  The remaining closed lane was reopened shortly after, however.

The accident remains under investigation.

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