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Tractor-trailer crashes into Alafia River

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Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol
Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol Courtesy: Florida Highway Patrol
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are trying to figure out why a truck driver lost control, veered off Interstate 75, and plunged into the Alafia River.

A tractor-trailer operated by a Jacksonville company was travelling southbound on I-75 when the driver, 29-year-old Jeffrey Cook, lost control.  The tractor trailer smashed through a concrete barrier, and flipped over.

The vehicle, which was transporting a bulldozer, fell 45 feet into the marsh below.

FHP troopers say Cook was seriously injured, but was immediately rescued by a Hillsborough County deputy and an off-duty Hillsborough County reserve firefighter.

Cook is at Tampa General Hospital tonight in serious condition.

The tractor-trailer has been removed from the marshy area where it crashed.  Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office divers helped recover the wreckage.  The southbound lanes of I-75 are now open.

Stay with wfla.com for the latest on this developing story.

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