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By Carli Teproff, cteproff@MiamiHerald.com
A serious crash Tuesday morning left a Lexus sedan wedged under an 18-wheeler, paralyzed traffic heading west on Interstate 395 out of Miami Beach and sent a man to the hospital with severe injuries, according to Miami Beach police.
Detective Vivian Hernandez said Tuesday that a call of a crash on the MacArthur Causeway near Alton Road came in just after 5 a.m.
The driver of the car was identified as JoJo Nicolas, a former University of Miami football player who was on the team from 2007-11.
People took to social media Tuesday morning, sending out their prayers to the 24-year-old University of Miami alumni, who was drafted by the New York Giants."Prayers up for Jojo Nicolas involved in a serious car accident !!!!!!" one person tweeted.
Nicolas was reportedly at Club Mansion celebrating an early birthday, according to his Twitter account. He turns 25 on Monday.
Hernandez said it appears the refrigerated food distribution truck was at a red light, about to go, when the gray sedan crashed into the rear.
Rescue crews had to cut the roof of the sedan to remove the man. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with severe injuries, Hernandez said.
All lanes of traffic heading west had to be shut down for the investigation. The lanes have since reopened.
“We are looking into all of the elements including whether speed is a factor,” she said.
While the eastbound lanes were open, traffic was moving very slowly. Several rubber-neckers were sticking their phones out of their windows snapping pictures and capturing video.
Drivers were directed to alternate routes across the bay to Miami including the Julia Tuttle and Venetian causeways.