Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike are seeing major traffic jams near the Golden Glades as repairs are underway to an overhead sign that was damaged when a driver drove off an overpass Saturday morning.
Total Traffic Miami reports I-95 southbound at the Golden Glades Interchange and the Florida’s Turnpike and SR-826 ramps to I-95 are all closed. Drivers are being forced to use I-95 north or U.S. 441.
8pm Avoid 95 SB Palmetto & Turnpike @ The Golden Glades! Overpass repair from this morning's serious crash has the whole area Jammed!
95 South @ GGI CLOSED. Traffic forced to exit!
Tpk & 826 ramps to 95 South are CLOSED. Traffic will be forced to take 95 North or 441 pic.twitter.com/L6AzgzKVYh
— Total Traffic Miami (@TotalTrafficMIA) August 27, 2023
Early Saturday morning, the driver of a red Toyota sedan, who was not identified, was on the I-95 north express lanes taking the exit ramp to State Road 7, near Miami Gardens, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The driver collided into the concrete barrier wall, drove over it and then fell on the southbound lanes of I-95 beneath.
On the way down, the car hit the overhead road sign connected to the bridge — it will need extensive repairs.
When it landed on the southbound lanes, a gray BMW slammed into the Toyota, troopers said.
The driver of the Toyota suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital.