Those who usually take the Turnpike Extension along the country line between Miami-Dade and Broward are being advised to seek an alternate route as multiple crashes have brought traffic to a standstill.
The troubles started early Tuesday when a rollover crash of a dump truck near the southbound intersection with I-75 caused officials to close the Turnpike at NW 57th Avenue, causing delays back to NW 27th Avenue.
Police say several drivers attempted to get off the road by crossing over into the northbound lanes, causing chain reaction crashes that caused multiple lanes to be closed in both directions for a period of time.
One crash involved four cars, sending one person to the hospital with minor injuries and another person having to be airlifted as a trauma alert. A second crash involved seven vehicles, including a gas tanker, in which two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.