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Tampa man drives around cones, hits road ranger at crash scene, troopers say

The road ranger received serious injuries Thursday morning when he was hit while setting up a detour at a crash scene on I-75 near S.R. 50 east of Brooksville.
A road ranger was helping out at the scene of a semi-trailer crash on Interstate 75 in Hernando County when he was hit by an inattentive driver, troopers said.
A road ranger was helping out at the scene of a semi-trailer crash on Interstate 75 in Hernando County when he was hit by an inattentive driver, troopers said. [ Florida Highway Patrol ]
Published Oct. 7

BROOKSVILLE — A Tampa man drove around detour cones near a semi-trailer crash and hit a road ranger who was helping at the scene, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The road ranger was airlifted to a hospital following the collision at 2:30 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 75 at State Road 50 east of Brooksville, the Highway Patrol said. He received serious injuries and was listed in stable condition.

The incident began at 1:50 a.m. when a southbound semi-trailer hauling frozen food passed slower traffic on I-75 then tried to take evasive action as he approached a crash scene. The driver hit a concrete barrier wall, the tractor separated from the trailer, both units overturned and the tractor caught fire, the Highway Patrol said.

The driver, 62, from Forest Park, Ga., received minor injuries. A pickup truck hit debris from the crash but none of the three occupants, all from Parrish, were injured.

The road ranger, 38, was on foot setting up a detour at a nearby I-75 exit when an inattentive driver, a 71-year-old Tampa man in a 2000 Toyota Sienna, drove around the traffic cones and hit him, the Highway Patrol said.

The Highway Patrol did not identify the people involved in the crashes.