A stretch of northbound Interstate 75 in Marion County reopened Wednesday night, several hours after a tractor trailer struck an overpass with its load, troopers said.
The Florida Highway Patrol announced the interstate had reopened in a news release issued about 9 p.m.
A previous news release said a tractor trailer carrying an “over dimensioned load” hit and damaged the SW 66th Street overpass, which is near the 347 mile marker in Ocala. Troopers were diverting northbound traffic off the interstate at exit 341, which is County Road 484. SW 66th Street, which is also known as Williams Road, also was been closed.
In an updated news release at 2:30 p.m., the Highway Patrol reported that crews were removing damaged portions of the overpass and debris on the highway. Northbound lanes were still closed and southbound lanes were moving slowly.
Troopers said the driver of the tractor trailer is a 50-year-old man from Lakeland but they did not release his name. He was driving a 2020 Freightliner tractor trailer “with a large steel tank as cargo,” a news release states. The man was not injured.
“The concrete overpass sustained significant damage which required all northbound lanes to be closed for inspection, cleanup and repairs,” the news release said.
Marion County is northeast of Citrus County and north of Sumter and Lake counties. Ocala is the county seat.