Semi-truck goes off I-75 onto Fowler Avenue in Tampa

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- A tractor-trailer hauling debris was cut off by another driver, overturned and then went off the Interstate 75 overpass and crashed onto Fowler Avenue below on Wednesday.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue posted images on Twitter from the crash which happened shortly before 7 a.m.

Samuel Colon, 49, of Zephyrhills, was northbound on I-75 when a vehicle changed lanes and cut in front of him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Colon moved onto the shoulder to avoid a collision, struck the barrier wall, overturned and went off the overpass.

The load of debris spilled across Fowler blocking traffic in both directions.Two eastbound vehicles on Fowler were struck by the debris.

Colon is in Florida Hospital Tampa with serious injuries.

Westbound Fowler Avenue is shut down as crews work to clean up the small fuel spill. Debris from the truck was left on I-75. Crews are currently assessing any damage to the I-75 overpass.

Eastbound traffic on Fowler was taken down to one lane. Avoid the area.

Anyone who saw the crash or has information on the crash is asked to call FHP at 813-631-4020. 

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