TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash and a car hauler fire in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County.
The Highway Patrol said a car hauler caught fire in the southbound lanes of I-75 near Big Bend Road. The crash occurred moments later.
The driver of another tractor-trailer saw the fire and stopped in traffic, and was rear-ended by an SUV behind him, according to troopers.
The SUV driver, a 31-year-old Ruskin man, suffered fatal injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not hurt, the report said.
The car hauler fire was extinguished, and no one was injured in that incident, authorities said.
The southbound lanes were blocked for a few hours, but have since reopened.