PLANT CITY — A man was injured after another driver on Interstate 4 hit his truck Thursday while trying to avoid a ladder left in the road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Jutta H. Shaikh, 62, of New Port Richey, was driving eastbound in the inside lane of Interstate 4 just west of County Line Road around 10:40 a.m. Thursday, the FHP said. Shaikh changed into the center lane to avoid hitting a ladder that was left in the road. The front right of Shaikh's vehicle hit the back left side of a truck in the center lane driven by Charles E. Mathias Jr., 35, of Bradenton, FHP said. Mathias' truck rotated counter-clockwise into the center median, hit a guardrail and overturned.
Mathias was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. Shaikh was ticketed for improper lane change.