At least two people are dead in a multi-vehicle crash involving a tanker that prompted the shutdown of Florida's Turnpike Friday night in southwest Miami-Dade.
The crash, which occurred around 8:30 p.m., shut down the southbound and northbound sides of the Turnpike near Kendall Drive/SW 88th Street. Lanes reopened overnight.
A vehicle that was merging from the on-ramp collided into several other vehicles, including a fuel tanker, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash caused the vehicles to cross the center median and end up on the southbound lanes.
At least two people were confirmed dead at the scene, officials said, and at least six people were transported to the hospital. The extent of their injuries was unknown.
Traffic was backed up until beyond Bird Road.