MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A 50-year-old motorcyclist from St. Petersburg died Thursday morning after he was overrun by a tractor-trailer on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, according to authorities.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the motorcycle, driven by a 50-year-old St. Petersburg man, was headed north along the inside lane of I-275 near mile marker 12 when he failed to slow for traffic ahead.
Troopers said the motorcyclist collided with an SUV ahead of him, fell off his motorcycle, and was overrun by a tractor-trailer following behind.
The man was rushed to an area hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.
The occupants of the SUV and tractor-trailer were not injured.
The left-hand side of the Northbound I-275 lanes were closed for several hours as crews cleared the scene.