WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - All southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike have been reopened after a travel-trailer rollover accident on Saturday morning, says Captain Borroto, spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
All southbound lanes were closed for nearly two hours.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews and Florida Highway Patrol Officers responded to calls of a possible rollover accident around 11:10 a.m.
Upon arrival, they found a travel-trailer, being pulled by an SUV, had rolled over on its side, said Borroto.
The SUV was traveling southbound on the turnpike, approaching Belvedere Road in the right travel lane. Witnesses say after the vehicle merged into the right travel lane, the camper-trailer began to fishtail, according to the FHP incident report.
As the driver continued traveling along the turnpike, the fishtailing became worse, causing the driver to lose control of the SUV, said Sergeant Mark Wysocky, spokesman for Florida Highway Patrol.
The driver tried to swerve left-to-right to regain control of the car, but instead it caused the SUV to run into a metal guardrail on the side of the highway, said Wysocky.
This caused the trailer to jackknife, overturn, and come to a stop on its left side. Both the SUV and the camper-trailer were removed by a local towing company.
The accident happened just north of Southern Boulevard, near Jog Road.
The driver, 35 year-old Dominik Stach and one passenger, Miroslawa Asynger, 38, both of West Palm Beach, sustained minor injuries. The second passenger, Aleksander Stach, of West Palm Beach, sustained no injuries, Wysocky said.