One dead after crash left truck dangling from overpass

2:13 PM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) - A bakery truck, which dangled precariously from a Fort Lauderdale highway overpass Wednesday morning, has been moved back and is no longer in danger of falling to the road below. However, one person in the truck has died.

The truck, from the Tracy Bakery in Palmetto Bay, crashed on the I-95 NB ramp to westbound SR 84 shortly before 6:00 a.m.

Two people were in the truck and the passenger was pinned in the truck while it dangled over the edge of the ramp, with the front pinned against a pillar.

A large tow truck moved the truck back over the guardrail onto the road shoulder of State Road 84. Traffic is backed up and authorities suggest avoiding the area and taking alternate routes such as U.S.1 AND 441.  The road will be re-opened after Department of Transportation engineers determine there was no structural damage and it is safe for traffic to travel over.

Rescuers removed the driver around 5:55 a.m., loaded him on a stretcher and took him to Broward Health Medical Center, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue spokesman Matt Little.

The passenger, who was trapped in the truck, died, according to Little.

A firefighter who injured his hand in the rescue effort was taken to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment.

Mary Rodriguez, one of the owners of the bakery, said a family member was driving the truck to one of their distribution sites in Tampa.  She said she didn't know who the passenger was because he was supposed to be making the trip alone.  She also didn't know what he was doing on I-95 because it wasn't on the scheduled route to Tampa.

Tracey Bakery, which has been in business for 35 years, supplies businesses with frozen baked goods.

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