Manatee Truck Accident Damages I-75 Overpass
A Manatee truck accident damaged an overpass at I-75 and University Parkway on January 27. According to Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials, a truck carrying a 6,000-pound pile driver left holes in the overpass around 12 p.m. whenever the pile driver fell off the truck’s trailer. The accident sent debris from the overpass all over the road, causing cars to swerve to avoid accidents. Florida Highway Patrol reported that the truck driver swerved from the right lane to the center lane to avoid a collision, causing the equipment to fall off the flatbed truck. No injuries were reported in the accident.
The southbound lanes of I-75 were closed for more than 30 hours after the accident to allow FDOT workers to rebuild the overpass. The University Parkway overpass reopened around 6 p.m. on January 28. Crews from FDOT worked throughout Monday night to repair the damage. The Florida Highway Patrol stated that charges are pending against the truck driver who caused the damage.
A fatal truck accident also occurred on January 28 in Tampa involving a semi-truck and several other vehicles. 10 News Tampa reported that one person was killed in the accident and there are reports of other injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident at the time of this report.
Truck drivers are responsible for accidents they cause while being negligent or reckless behind the wheel. If you have been injured in a Florida truck accident, the injury attorneys at Dell & Schaefer can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. We understand the devastating effects a truck accident can have on victims and their loved ones, and we want to make the legal process easier for you. Contact our office to schedule a consultation.