A dump truck crashed on Interstate 75 early Wednesday, closing the southbound lanes in Sarasota County.
The truck was headed south about 2:35 a.m. when it slammed into the north side of an overpass at Ponce de Leon Boulevard near mile marker 184, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash caused heavy damage to the overpass, leading authorities to close the interstate.
Inspectors from the Florida Department of Transportation were expected to assess the damage Wednesday afternoon to determine if the highway was safe for traffic, officials said.
In the meantime, all southbound traffic was diverted onto U.S. 41 via the River Road exit. The northbound lanes of the interstate remained open.