A tractor-trailer heading up the ramp to State Road 84 from northbound I-95 early Friday went through a concrete barrier wall and fell to the highway — landing between the guardrail and the ramp, just off the travel lanes.
The truck driver was critically hurt in the crash that happened shortly after midnight, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.
At least two northbound lanes through the scene remain closed to traffic before dawn as work crews were removing the crumpled remains of the big rig’s cab. The trailer remained hanging off the ramp at an angle of about 45 degrees.
There was no immediate information about what caused the crash or where the truck was heading.
The truck’s cab and trailer are marked Cheema. Cheema Freightlines is a trucking company based in the state of Washington which advertises itself online as a “market leader” in supply-chain trucking.
Early Friday commuters can expect delays to build on northbound I-95 until crews are able to remove the truck and clean the debris caused by the crash.
The ramp leading from I-95 to State Road 84 has been the location of serious crashes in the past. In August of 2017, a 17-year-old boy was killed and four other juveniles were seriously hurt when the speeding Mazda they were in slammed into the ramp’s concrete barrier wall and fell to the roadway — with the car landing on its roof. Authorities said the teen’s were in a stolen car.
A 2013 Sun Sentinel report detailed several deadly crashes that have happened at the interchange of ramps and flyovers where I-95 meets State Road 84. In the six previous years, at least six fatal crashes had occurred at the interchange.
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