I-75 Crash: one lane reopened in Pasco County - WFLA News Channel 8

I-75 Crash: one lane reopened in Pasco County

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One lane of I-75 south near State Road 56 and the Pasco county line was reopened Thursday evening. The roadway had been closed most of the day due to an early morning crash involving a semi-trailer and a dump truck.

Officials said a second lane was expected to be reopened late Thursday night as crews worked to repair a section of roadway damaged in the crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a semi-trailer operated by Pat Salmon & Sons of Florida, Inc., of Jacksonville, was going south on I-75 when it hit a crash attenuator, partially jack-knifed and smashed into the center median. A dump truck, operated by R & D Hauling, of Land O' Lakes, was traveling behind the semi, but couldn't stop and rear-ended the truck.

According to the FHP report, both drivers got out before the vehicles were fully engulfed in flames. They were transported to area hospitals for observation. Mark Alan Berrier, 55, of Macclenny, was driving the tractor trailer. He is at University Community Hospital in Tampa.

Manuel Francisco Rodriguez Rivera, 42, of Land O' Lakes, was behind the wheel of the dump truck. He is at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.

Members of the U.S. Postal Service will try to recover mail carried by the semi. 

A U.S. Postal Service spokesperson said there was no first class mail on the truck. It was carrying third class mail (magazines and advertisements) from Jacksonville to Tampa. USPS spokesperson said they believe no personal letters, birthday cards or checks were on the truck at the time of the crash.

FHP troopers recommend drivers use southbound Exit 279 (State Road 54) to exit the highway.

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