I-75 reopens after Pasco County crash, truck driver burned

A truck driver was seriously burned when his truck exploded after hitting a barrier on I-75.

SAN ANTONIO, Fla. -- A truck driver has been airlifted to a hospital after his truck exploded when it hit a barrier Friday on Interstate 75.

All lanes of I-75 reopened around 6:40 a.m. Saturday, according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver was burned more than 40 percent of his body and airlifted to a hospital. The man remains in critical condition at the Tampa General Hospital, according to the FHP.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

A release from the FHP said the driver entered an outside paved shoulder on I-75 North, overcorrected, traveled back across the northbound travel lanes and collided with a temporary construction guard rail. The impact ruptured the fuel tank of the tractor-trailer, which resulted in the fire.

The tractor-trailer traveled about 300 feet before coming to its final rest.

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