Broward County

1 Hospitalized After Tractor-Trailer Hits Overpass on Florida's Turnpike in Hollywood

One person was hit by debris and suffered non-life-threatening injuries

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Concrete debris was flying on the Florida Turnpike after a truck hauling equipment hit the Sheridan Street bridge on Monday, causing pieces of concrete to fly and leaving one person in the hospital.

The Florida Highway Patrol says a semi truck driving on the turnpike was carrying equipment loaded too high for the overpass causing part of the concrete bridge to break off and hit a passing vehicle.

Workers could be seen cleaning the debris underneath a "low clearance" sign, with two lanes of the Turnpike blocked off.

RAW: Authorities responded after a truck slammed into an overpass on the Florida's Turnpike in Hollywood Monday.

A large flatbed tractor-trailer carrying an excavator was pulled over on the side of the roadway and Florida Highway Patrol troopers were at the scene.

FHP officials said the excavator hit the overpass, causing the concrete debris to fall and hit another vehicle.

The passenger in that vehicle was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Traffic on the turnpike and around Sheridan Street was backed up for hours.

Back in 2019, a similar scenario took place in the same northbound lanes. In that case, a man was able to walk away with lacerations on his head.

Today, inspectors determined the damage was minor and that the bridge was safe to drive over and under.

Because of the history of problems NBC 6 reached out to the county to see if there are any efforts to raise the height of this bridge. We are still waiting to hear back.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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