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Riverview, Florida -- The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says a flatbed wrecker hauling a bulldozer went off a bridge on Interstate 75 and plummeted 45 feet into the marshy Alafia River below.

The driver, 29-year-old Jeffery Scott Cook of St. Augustine, has been taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition.

The Florida Highway Patrol says an apparent mechanical failure caused Cook to lose control of his truck and hit the inside paved shoulder of the roadway. It then collided with the inside concrete barrier wall, overturned and fell off the bridge.

FHP says the driver was immediately rescued by an on-duty Hillsborough Sheriff's deputy with help from an off-duty Hillsborough reserve firefighter.

Crews were able to lift the wreckage back up onto the bridge and transport it away. All lanes of traffic were back open by 4:40 p.m. Friday.

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