Driver injured in crash on Interstate 4 in Plant City

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.

Driver injured in crash on Interstate 4 in Plant City 06/19/14 [Last modified: Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:49pm]

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