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Jackknifed truck closes I-75 in south Hillsborough

A semitrailer hauling a load of hospital supplies jackknifed Wednesday morning on Interstate 75 near the Hillsborough-Manatee county line, slamming into a wall and bursting into flames.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, but the northbound side of the interstate was closed for about two hours.

Heavy rains made for slick conditions, leading to the crash just before 6 a.m. on the bridge over the Little Manatee River, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. As the truck jackknifed, the trailer portion slammed into a barrier wall.

The cab portion of the truck came to rest hanging over the side of the bridge, troopers said. As it sat hanging, the engine burst into flames and about 40 gallons of fuel spilled onto the road.

The driver, Cecil M. Hutchins Jr., 37, of Cape Coral, was treated at South Bay Medical Center for minor injuries, troopers said. The crash caused about $10,000 in damage to the bridge and destroyed the truck. The hospital supplies remained unscathed.

Jackknifed truck closes I-75 in south Hillsborough 09/25/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:10pm]
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