Excavator strikes overpass on Turnpike in Hollywood, spilling debris onto passing vehicle

An excavator being hauled by a semi-tractor trailer struck an overpass on Florida’s Turnpike in Hollywood on Monday, the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed.

The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the highway near Sheridan Street.

According to FHP Lt. Indiana Miranda, the excavator struck the Sheridan Street overpass, causing debris to fall onto another vehicle.

The passenger from that vehicle was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Miranda said the center and right travel lanes remain shut down at this time, but traffic is flowing in the left lane.

He has personnel assessing the damage it does appear to be pretty serious but as of now he texpectshe overpass to be shut down for at least overnight to figure outjust how bad the damage is.

A county engineer is inspecting the damage and told Local 10 News that a portion of the Sheridan overpass over the turnpike will be shutdown to reduce the load and the vibration on that area.

Drivers can take Taft Street to the south, Stirling Road to the north as alternatives.

We asked the engineer if the damage is as bad as it appears, and how long will the overpass be shut down. He said that repairs could take from a week to a month.

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