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Phish fans are swarming Alligator Alley.

One of Florida's biggest millennium parties created one of its biggest traffic jams Thursday as cars, vans and trucks flooded a main roadway, carrying fans of the rock group Phish to a concert venue in the middle of the Everglades.

It was the second day of a 20-mile bumper-to-bumper traffic jam on a four-lane highway known locally as Alligator Alley. It is the main highway connecting south Florida's east and west coasts.

Rescue workers and vehicles raced from one emergency to another as impatient Phish fans got out of their cars, jogged and skateboarded on the highway shoulder and waved signs soliciting tickets and drugs.

"It's a nightmare. I don't recall anything like this ever before," Florida Highway Patrol trooper Vernon Slater said.

A man riding on the doorstep of a motor home was killed Wednesday when he fell and was run over by the vehicle, police said. Dozens of fender-bender accidents were reported.

Organizers sold 75,000 tickets for a Friday performance by the popular band, whose fans tend to follow the group from venue to venue like Grateful Dead fans did in years past.

The concert is being held at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, located in the heart of the Everglades about 40 miles west of Fort Lauderdale.

Interstate 75 passes through the gator-infested Everglades. It is the only road in. The traffic jam began at midmorning Wednesday and was still going strong by midday Thursday.

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