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Thousands of shoes tie up Miami freeway

Florida state troopers are looking for a charity to take thousands of shoes that were dumped on a Miami expressway, tying up rush hour traffic.
Expressway Shoes
A front-loader clears shoes off the Palmetto Expressway in Miami, Fla., on Friday. Alan Diaz / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

State troopers are looking for a charity to take thousands of shoes that were dumped on a Miami expressway, tying up rush hour traffic.

Lt. Pat Santangelo says the Florida Highway Patrol received a call about the shoes Friday morning on the Palmetto Expressway.

Santangelo says he's not sure where the used shoes came from. There were no signs of a crash and no one stopped to claim them. He says he hopes someone will take them because he doesn't want to send them to the dump.

Workers using a front-end loader and a dump truck were able to quickly clear at least one lane by sweeping all the shoes to shoulder, but delays were expected until they could all be removed.