Wesley Chapel, Florida -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported the sad news that the driver of a car that crashed into a dump truck on Interstate 75 near State Road 56 has died.
Troopers say 61-year-old John Porter, of Wesley Chapel, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. Both of his passengers -- his wife Mary Ann and their 3-year-old granddaughter -- are in serious condition at the same hospital.
Troopers say the Hyundai was heading south on I-75 in the outside center lane, just south of SR 56, when a dump truck that had stopped on the shoulder pulled out into the car's path. The front of the car rear-ended the dump truck, causing it to deflect to the inside paved shoulder where it then crashed into the barrier.
The driver of the dump truck was not injured in the crash. So far, no charges have been filed.
Southbound traffic was shut down for two hours. As of 12:45 p.m., all lanes had reopened.