A fisherman, a motorcyclist and a scooter driver were killed Tuesday morning in a crash that closed the eastbound lanes of the Julia Tuttle Causeway for several hours.
The Florida Highway Patrol said all lanes were reopened about six hours after the crash.
"It's getting crazier and crazier at this time," Maikel Cisneros, who was stranded for hours on the causeway, said.
Debris was scattered across the Interstate 195 bridge that connects Miami to Miami Beach after the fatal crash.
The motorcyclist and scooter driver were pronounced dead at the scene. The fisherman, who authorities said was illegally fishing off the bridge, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he died.
"I believe that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, being parked where he shouldn't be and where he should have not have been fishing," FHP Trooper Joe Sanchez said.
The U.S. Coast Guard and members of the Miami-Dade Police Department dive team searched Biscayne Bay for a good part of the morning as a precaution to make sure no one was in the water because of the crash.
FHP troopers are investigating the cause of the crash. It's unclear whether speed or alcohol played a role in the crash.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.