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A crash involving a Florida rapper and a tractor trailer that caught fire shut down a section of State Road 112 for several hours Thursday while crews investigated and cleaned up the mess.
The crash between an SUV and the truck happened around 3:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of State Road 112 at Northwest 12th Avenue, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. All lanes in the area were closed for at least four hours.
The collision caused the driver of the tractor trailer to lose control and crash into one of the expressway’s concrete barrier walls. The tractor trailer spilled about 100 gallons of fuel onto the roadway and later caught fire, said Lt. Alejandro Camacho, an FHP spokesman.
The driver was able to get out of the burning truck and only had minor burns, Camacho said.
The man behind the wheel of the Audi SUV was Florida rapper Tafia, a member of his crew confirmed to the Miami Herald. Miami Fire Rescue treated him on the highway for a cut on his arm. His involvement in the crash was first reported by Local 10.
Tafia is from North Miami and is signed under Meek Mill’s Dream Chasers label. In February, he made it onto Miami New Times list of “Ten Miami rappers to watch in 2021” and has 73.9K followers on Instagram.
Local 10 recorded Tafia telling a trooper that a car cut him off and he turned right. At the same time, the driver of the tractor trailer, who Tafia says did not notice him, turned right too, sandwiching his SUV against the barrier wall.
“I can’t go nowhere now ... I’m stuck,” you hear Tafia tell the trooper.
The rapper on Instagram later Thursday said he was leaving the hospital and thanked fans for their support.
The roadway reopened by 9:30 a.m. FHP is continuing to investigate the crash.