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Crash causes semi to jackknife, hit another car, causing major slow down along I-275 in downtown Tampa

FHP troopers said minor injuries were reported.

TAMPA, Fla. — Concrete and diesel fuel littered part of Interstate 275 early Monday in downtown Tampa after a semi-truck jackknifed and hit a concrete median wall. 

It all happened around 2:40 a.m. on northbound I-275 at Ashley Drive, according to Florida Highway Patrol. A semi and SUV were driving next to each other going northbound on the highway when the drivers came upon an existing crash. 

That's when the semi-truck driver reportedly slammed on his brakes, causing the truck to jackknife, slide toward the median and collide with the right side of the SUV. 

The truck then continued to slide and collided with the center median, coming to a final rest on top of the median wall. 

"Large portions" of the concrete median wall were scattered on the north and southbound lanes of I-275. Diesel fuel and other vehicle fluids also spilled onto the roadway. 

Both drivers had minor injuries, according to FHP. 

The road was closed for several hours, impacting commuters. Portions of the road remained closed until about 6:30 a.m. when the highway was fully opened to traffic. 

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