An overturned tanker spilling fuel shut down a section of Florida’s Turnpike in both directions near Bird Road on Friday morning.
The tanker overturned in a crash with three other vehicles around 6:15 a.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. As of 9 a.m., the turnpike’s northbound and southbound lanes between Kendall Drive and Bird Road remain closed for the investigation and cleanup.
The driver of the tanker was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert.
Total Traffic Miami photos show the tanker on its side in the turnpike’s southbound lanes, about one mile south of Bird Road. Traffic cameras during Friday’s morning rush hour showed crews directing drivers to back up and turn around to get off the turnpike.
Drivers are asked to avoid the area and seek alternate routes.