Tampa, Florida -- All lanes of traffic are back open on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway after a tractor trailer crash sent the semi teetering over a barrier wall Tuesday morning.
The Florida Highway Patrol says the flatbed tractor trailer carrying bags of ready-mix concrete was heading west on SR 618 approaching the downtown Tampa exit (Exit 8) when the driver lost control and collided with the guardrail at the top of the exit ramp. The driver tells 10 News he lost control because one of the truck's tires blew out.
After hitting the guardrail, the tractor trailer continued up and onto the barrier wall and traveled 600 feet along the top. It finally came to a stop after hitting three light poles attached to the wall.
Part of the semi's load spilled onto the street, shutting down the road for several hours as crews cleaned up.
As of noon, the tractor trailer had been removed from the wall and is being repaired to a point in which it can be towed away. The driver was charged with careless driving.