ELLENTON — A Tampa woman escaped with minor injuries when her car burst into flames after colliding with a fuel tanker truck near the southern end of Interstate 275, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The woman was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence in connection with the crash at 2:41 a.m. today on I-275 near U.S. 41 north of Ellenton in Manatee County.
The woman was headed north on the highway when she veered into an adjacent lane while negotiating a curve, striking the left rear axle of the tanker truck, the Highway Patrol said.
Upon impact, the car left the highway, overturned, hit a cable barrier, came to rest in the median and burst into flames, the Highway Patrol said. The tanker veered off the highway and came to rest on the grass shoulder.
The tanker driver, a 64-year-old Parrish man, was not injured. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
The Highway Patrol did not release the name of the drivers because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to the state Constitution that was meant to protect crime victims but that deprives the public of information long available under Florida’s public records law.