Miami-Dade Police Officer Hospitalized Following Florida Turnpike Crash With 18-Wheeler

MIAMI, FL—An officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department suffered unspecified injuries when his cruiser rear-ended a big rig along the southbound Florida Turnpike early Thursday, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. According to information provided by the Miami Herald, the police-involved 18-wheeler accident occurred in close proximity to Kendall Drive in Miami-Dade County around 2:30 a.m.

Reports indicated a Miami-Dade police officer was traveling south on the Florida Turnpike when his patrol car slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler. Responding Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel were forced to extricate the injured police officer, whom authorities have yet to identify, from his wrecked cruiser before they could transport him to Kendall Regional Medical Center for treatment.

While FHP troopers told reporters the Miami-Dade officer was hospitalized in stable condition, the extent of his injuries remained undisclosed. Willis Butler, who was driving the 18-wheeler at the time of the Florida Turnpike crash, managed to escape injury in the South Florida collision.

MDPD spokesman Javier Baez told reporters, “All we know is that he was going Southbound on the Turnpike when the vehicles collided… The other driver is fine, the rest is under investigation.”

In Jan. 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released findings from a study concerning crash-related law enforcement fatalities. According to that study, Florida ranked sixth in the nation for crash-related law enforcement deaths.

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