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Troopers: Truck driver arrested two days after rig hits I-75 bridge

WESLEY CHAPEL — The semitrailer truck driver who crashed into a bridge on Interstate 75 Monday and left the scene was arrested Wednesday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Troopers said Kenneth E. Cannon, 45, of Ruskin, was hauling a large backhoe north on I-75 when the piece of equipment struck the overhead span at Overpass Road at about noon Monday. The collision caused debris to fall onto the road, damaging two cars and creating a backup that stretched to State Road 56, the FHP said.

A passenger in the one of the vehicles suffered minor injuries and was hospitalized, the Highway Patrol said.

On Wednesday, investigators received an anonymous tip that led them to the backhoe Cannon delivered 30 minutes after the collision. Then they found Cannon at his job, Got Trucking, on U.S. 41 in Ruskin, troopers reported.

Cannon was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on one count of leaving the scene of a crash with injury, three counts of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and providing false information for a crash report. He was being held at the jail Wednesday night in lieu of $3,000 bail.

Troopers: Truck driver arrested two days after rig hits I-75 bridge 03/02/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2011 8:31am]
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