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Ruskin man dies after dump truck enters pickup’s path on I-75, troopers say

There were five people riding in the pickup when a dump truck entered its lane on Interstate 75, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
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Published Jan. 23
Updated Jan. 23

GIBSONTON — A 38-year-old Ruskin man driving a pickup truck was killed Friday night when he crashed into a dump truck that merged into his lane on Interstate 75, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash took place about 7:23 p.m. on northbound I-75 near mile marker 252.

The pick-up truck had five people riding inside was and headed north in the outside lane. The dump truck, driven by a 55-year-old Riverview man, was also headed north in the outside shoulder of the interstate.

Then the dump truck merged into the outside lane and entered the path of the pick-up truck, troopers say.

As the dump truck attempted to merge into the outside lane of Interstate 75, it entered the path of the pickup truck

The front of the pickup truck struck the rear of the dump truck, according to the Highway Patrol. The pickup truck then rotated and struck a trailer that was being towed by a motorhome in the outside center lane.

The pickup truck driver was fatally injured and died at the crash scene. The truck’s four passengers, a 58-year-old woman, a 32-year-old woman, a 5-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy, all suffered minor injuries, troopers say. Everyone in the pick-up was wearing their seatbelts.

The dump truck driver suffered minor injuries and the motorhome driver, a 71-year-old man Springfield, Mo., suffered no injuries. Both wore their seatbelts.

The Highway Patrol did not release the names of anyone involved in the crash. Portions of I-75 was closed until 11 p.m. while the crash scene was investigated. Troopers did not release any other details about the incident.