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.
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.
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.