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Woman killed after driving into back of box truck on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough

A woman was killed in a crash after her speeding Chevy pickup ran into the back of a box truck.

TAMPA — All four lanes of northbound Interstate 75 in northern Hillsborough County reopened Tuesday afternoon after authorities investigated two crashes, one of them fatal.

The first crash happened about 10:15 a.m. near northbound mile marker 268, south of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, when a 33-year-old Brandon woman driving a 2001 Chevy pickup at a high rate of speed crashed into the back of a northbound Ford box truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Chevy pickup driver had to be extricated from the truck and died at Advent Health Tampa, troopers said. Troopers have not identified her pending notification of family. The box truck driver, 36-year-old Ivan A. Negron of St. Cloud, was not injured.

A second crash happened when the driver of a southbound SUV lost control, overturned in the median and collided with four northbound vehicles stopped in traffic for the first crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the SUV, James R. Mitchell, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with serious injuries. The people in the other vehicles had either minor injuries or were not injured.

Authorities closed all four northbound lanes and diverted northbound traffic at the Fletcher Avenue exit as crews worked at the scene. Three of four lanes reopened by 1 p.m. and the fourth reopened by 2 p.m.

First responders work at the scene of a crash involving a pickup truck and box truck on Interstate 75 south of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard on Jan. 7, 2020. Authorities closed all northbound lanes. [ Hillsborough County Fire Rescue ]

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