TAMPA — Authorities identified the driver Thursday who died Tuesday night when a semitrailer truck crashed into his car on Interstate 75, resulting in a massive pileup.
Henry J. Focht, 60, of Brandon, was headed south on the interstate about 9:46 p.m. in a 2005 Toyota when he slowed due to heavy traffic near Mile Marker 260, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. As he stopped, a semi slammed into the car from behind, pushing it into four other cars that were stopped.
The car burst into flames. Focht died at the scene.
Several other drivers and their passengers were treated at hospitals for minor injuries.
The truck driver, Alexander J. Nealy, 34 of Apollo Beach, was not injured, troopers said.
The crash remained under investigation.