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FedEx truck crash scatters packages along eastbound Interstate 4

LAKELAND — All eastbound lanes of Interstate 4 in Polk County were closed early Wednesday after packages scattered across the highway following a traffic crash involving a FedEx truck, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash was reported east of Kathleen Road just after 3 a.m. Just before 7 a.m., troopers said the left lane was expected to reopen. All lanes were reported open by around 8 a.m.

The FedEx semitrailer truck was heading east on Interstate 4 when the driver traveled onto the outside shoulder and crashed into a guardrail and a railroad overpass, troopers said.

The truck's load of packages was scattered across the lanes. No injuries were reported. Other FedEx trucks were on scene recovering the packages, troopers said.

A second crash was reported just after 5 a.m. when a truck failed to slow at the stopped traffic and, trying to avoid a collision, slammed into a guardrail and jackknifed, troopers said. Nearly 150 gallons of fuel were spilled onto the highway.

An investigation remained under way Wednesday morning.

FedEx truck crash scatters packages along eastbound Interstate 4 06/05/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 1:45pm]
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