A man was critically injured in a traffic crash on Interstate 4 in eastern Hillsborough County Wednesday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol reported, backing up traffic for several miles.
Mickel Brien Castro, 33, of Kissimmee was driving a Chevy pickup west on I-4 approaching the Kingsway Road overpass. Two other pickups were headed the same way when traffic slowed down. Castro failed to slow and merged into the center lane, where he crashed into a Ford pickup and was hit by another Ford behind him in the center lane, troopers said.
Rescue crews cut off the top of the pickup to reach Castro, who was taken to Tampa General Hospital with critical injuries.
Paint spilled from the Chevy pickup onto the roadway, troopers said, and westbound lanes of Interstate 4 were closed for 45 minutes while the paint was removed.