An explosion and broken gas line has shut down all north and southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike at Lake Worth Road on Thursday morning.
A broken gas pipeline has caused the Florida’s Turnpike southbound to be shutdown and traffic to be diverted at the 97 Mile Post. Please use caution and avoid area if possible. pic.twitter.com/ZUyVDcazoX
— FHP West Palm Beach (@FHPPalmBeach) September 24, 2020
As a result of the explosion, the gas line is broken, there are chunks of cement and concrete ripped out of a wall next to Turnpike, and debris is scattered all over the road.
Video from a WPTV viewer showed brown-colored smoke shooting into the sky just feet from the highway.
The Florida Highway Patrol, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue have all responded to the scene.
The emergency is causing significant delays in the north and southbound lanes of the Turnpike, which are all shut down. Take I-95 as an alternate as traffic is backed up for several miles.
Drivers heading northbound are advised to exit at Boynton Beach Boulevard, and drivers heading southbound are encouraged to Southern Boulevard to avoid the delays.