A 49-year-old Zephyrhills man was seriously injured when the semitrailer he was driving plunged off an Interstate 75 overpass and crashed onto Fowler Avenue.
Samuel R. Colon Jr. was driving north in a Mack tractor-trailer hauling recycled material when another vehicle changed lanes in front of him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Colon swerved to the outside shoulder and the rig collided with the barrier wall, overturned and fell onto Fowler Avenue.
Photos from the scene show the tractor landed in the westbound lanes of Fowler and the trailer landed on a cement barrier in the median, spilling its load onto the roadway and blocking lanes for several hours. Two motorists heading east on Fowler struck some of the debris, causing damage to their vehicles, troopers said.
Colon was taken to Florida Hospital with serious injuries. No other injuries were reported.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue cleaned up a small fuel spill.
Troopers asked anyone with information about the other vehicle to call (813) 631-4020.