Three-truck crash in Palm Beach Gardens burns hole in northbound lanes of Florida's Turnpike

Northbound lanes reopen

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.-- Traffic is no longer being diverted northbound on the Florida Turnpike Friday afternoon, following a crash that happened around 6 a.m., near mile marker 109.

The crash involved three large vehicles: A U-Haul truck, a cement truck and a concrete pumping truck.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the concrete pumping truck driven by Juan C. Carballo of Miami pulled out onto the highway after being parked on the side of the road for a construction project.

Troopers say the truck pulled in front of the U-Haul driven by Maria Grant of Cooper City and the cement truck operated by Candido Rodriguez of Medley.

The drivers of both vehicles, according to troopers, tried to stop to avoid crashing into the concrete pumping truck.

Investigators say the U-Haul swerved into the median, and the cement truck swerved into that vehicle.

All three vehicles collided, causing a fiery crash.

Troopers say those in the U-Haul were moving to northern Florida.

No one was seriously hurt in the crash, however Carballo was hospitalized with minor injuries.

"Usually it's a lot worse than this," Sgt. Richard Tullis of Florida Highway Patrol said. "Everyone was very lucky because there no serious injury, just a minor injury which is rare to see when you see so many large vehicles involved in a crash like that. From my understanding everyone was able to get out of the vehicles before the fire engulfed all three vehicles."

Carballo was charged with careless driving, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

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