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Coors Beer Spill Closes I-75

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Traffic was snarled and the road littered with concrete and beer cans on Wednesday when a group of tractor-trailer trucks collided on I-75 near mile-marker 296.

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Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Public Affairs Officer (PIO) Sgt. Steve Gaskins, said that just after 6:20 am on Sept. 21, a pair of tractor-trailer trucks were traveling southbound on I-75 near milepost 296 when one collided with the rear of another while changing lanes. Both subsequently came to rest on the outside shoulder and outside lane of the roadway respectively.

A third semi stopped behind the second truck but was not involved in the collision and was not struck by any other vehicles. A fourth semi stopped behind the third. A pick-up truck also stopped to avoid another collision.

But a fifth semi failed to stop and collided with the pick-up truck propelling that vehicle onto the shoulder of the roadway where it crashed into the first tractor-trailer that was initially involved in the incident. The fifth semi, which was hauling a load of Coors Light Beer continued forward and subsequently collided with the fourth semi that was hauling concrete.

“The loads of both tractor -trailers were spilled upon the highway, closing all southbound lanes and forcing traffic to be diverted onto SR-50,” Gaskins said.

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All the occupants of the semi-trucks were unhurt in the incident. Those in the pickup truck sustained minor injuries.

The roadway was opened around 12 noon on Sept. 21, Gaskins said.

Photos courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol.
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