A New Port Richey woman was in critical but stable condition Wednesday after being hit by a semitrailer truck on Interstate 75.
The accident happened about 9 a.m. after Sandy M. Weidner, 38, stopped her car in the emergency lane about a mile south of the State Road 200 exit in Ocala. Weidner got out of her black Honda Accord, stepped into the outside lane of traffic and was struck by the passing semi, which tried to reduce its speed and steer left to avoid a collision, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The driver of the truck, Jimmy Henderson, 64, of Georgia, told the Ocala Star-Banner that he saw Weidner dart into his lane and turn her back to him. By the time the middle lane was clear for Henderson to move over, "it was too late," he said. The right front corner of his truck struck Weidner.
She was airlifted to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Authorities say Weidner's vehicle appeared to be okay, but the door covering the gas cap was open and the cap was hanging loose by a strap.