About 200 gallons of diesel fuel spilled over busy Sample Road when an 18-wheeler flipped on its side Tuesday, said Pompano Beach city spokeswoman Sandra King.
The truck lost its load in the accident, scattering construction materials and debris and shutting Sample at the entrance ramp to Florida’s Turnpike.
There were no immediate reports of injuries, but the incident snarled several major traffic routes.
The driver of the 18-wheeler, Cesar Lopez, managed to climb out of the toppled truck. He thinks the contents of the trailer shifted as he was trying to make a turn from Florida’s Turnpike onto Sample Road.
He said “Wow,” as the truck tipped over.
“Maybe the truck’s weight, I don’t know,” said Lopez, who said he’s been driving trucks for about three years. “I go slow.”
Lopez stood a few dozen feet away after the crash without a scratch on him.
The accident happened at 6:30 a.m., closing Sample Road in both directions until about noon.
Crews from Pompano Beach Fire Rescue, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and a hazardous materials crew from Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue were all involved in cleanup and traffic control.
Justin Harris, 33, of Coral Springs, said he was driving over the overpass east on Sample Road when he saw the overturned truck ahead.
“There was a lot or rubble on the other side of the road. He had a full load there,” Harris said.
After looking at the crash, Harris said he was surprised to see Lopez unharmed.
“It’s amazing, [a] miracle,” Harris said. “Very lucky guy.”