Fatal, fiery crash shuts down U.S. 1 in the lower Florida Keys, sheriff’s office says

A fatal crash involving a tractor trailer that went up in flames early Tuesday morning shut down U.S. 1 in the lower Florida Keys, said the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened around 4:40 a.m. on Cudjoe Key near mile marker 21, shutting down all lanes on U.S. 1, according to Monroe County Fire Rescue. One person died, said Adam Linhardt, spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Traffic didn’t begin moving until around 8 a.m., when police began alternating cars between northbound and southbound lanes, according to the sheriff’s office.

The fire department released a video of the truck fully engulfed in fire.

Since U.S. 1, or the Overseas Highway, is the only major road through the Keys, the crash not only caused delays for travelers, but for services as well.

Waste Management stated that its crews would not be able to collect garbage and recycling until Wednesday. Because of this, yard waste pick-up, which is scheduled for Wednesday, will be delayed a week, according to the statement.

The crash also caused almost 28,000 customers south of Big Pine Key to briefly go without electricity, according to Keys Energy Services, the power utility for the Lower Keys.

Julio Torrado, a Keys Energy Services spokesman, said the “accident and related explosion and smoked” knocked out a power line, causing a loss of electricity for about 27,400 customers between 4:30 and 5:17 a.m.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.