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Dump truck driver dies after tire blows on I-275

A dump truck accident on Interstate 275 Wednesday afternoon killed the truck's driver and backed up rush-hour traffic.

Alexis Monteagudo, 36, was driving south about 3:15 p.m. when his vehicle blew a tire south of Bearss Avenue, a Florida Highway Patrol official said. The accident forced him into the concrete median, crushing him inside the cabin and spewing sand into the southbound and northbound lanes. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Some of the sand caused minor front-end damage to a northbound car driven by Maria Mejia of Wesley Chapel. Neither Mejia, 31, nor her nine-month old baby, Silvana, were injured.

Traffic was able to move at a slower pace in both directions, despite the sand in the center and inside northbound lanes, Lt. D.R. Apgar said.