Orlando officer 'relieved of duty' after crashing into toll plaza on SR 408, officials say

Police: Tolls waived as police cleared crash

By Brianna Volz - Web producer

ORLANDO, Fla. - Authorities were working to clear the scene of a fiery crash Saturday morning after an Orlando police officer drove a pickup truck into a toll plaza, the Orlando Police Department said.

Officers said the crash took place at 6:18 a.m. on State Road 408 east near Andes Avenue while the officer was driving their personal vehicle.

Police said the officer, who has not yet been identified, was relieved of duty following the crash and an internal investigation was initiated.

The pay lanes of the toll plaza were shut down because the truck was in flames, and traffic was being diverted to the E-Pass lanes, police said.

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Tolls were waived by the Expressway Authority while the crash was being cleaned up, authorities said. All lanes were reopened as of 12:40 p.m.

Police did not immediately say whether the officer was injured in the crash.

Officials with the Central Florida Expressway Authority said Sunday that the toll lane did not suffer any structural damage, but two crash cushions were damaged. One of the cushions had already been replaced Sunday afternoon.

No other details were available. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story.

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