S.R. 408 back open after truck hits overpass



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Twisted metal, aluminum rings ripped apart and two standalone pillars were all that was left after a road sign that spanned across the SR 408 Expressway was torn to the ground by a dump truck aounr 8 a.m. Sunday between Tampa Avenue and Orange Blossom Trail.

Police said the dump truck was traveling in the eastbound lanes of the SR-408 when it had a malfunction with its loader, causing it to take down the overpass sign and shut down traffic in the east and westbound lanes.

Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions and drivers were detoured at the Tampa Avenue and Orange Blossom Trail exits.

Following the crash two cranes and a flatbed truck worked for hours to remove the debris that scattered six lanes.

The east and westbound lanes were closed for several hours, but reopened by 1:30 p.m.

The driver of the dump truck was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.