Sarasota, Florida -- The southbound lanes of I-75 are back open near Sarasota after a dump truck struck the side of an overpass Wednesday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the incident happened around 2:35 a.m. Wednesday at the Ponce DeLeon Boulevard overpass, near mile marker 184. The truck reportedly tried driving under it with its open-box bed raised, which struck the overpass wall.

Troopers say the bed became separated from the truck and fell into the roadway while the truck continued driving south on I-75. Eventually, the vehicle came to a stop and investigators say the driver, 56-year-old Bonnie Ramsingh, got out and fled on foot.

Ramsingh was found a short time later in North Port and arrested for leaving the scene of a crash and driving without proper endorsement. Jail records show Ramsingh was arrested last month in Charlotte County for DUI.

The Florida Department of Transportation had bridge inspectors asses the damage before the decision to reopen the interstate.

However, the southbound lanes will be closed again on Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Friday while crews remove the damaged beam.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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