Construction Accident On I-75 Injures Man In North Port

A fork lift that was involved in installing sod on a construction project along I-75 in North Port struck and seriously injured a landscaper from Cape Coral.

The injured landscaper identified as Jose Torres a fifty nine-year old from Cape Coral was working on a construction project close to mile marker 185.

At approximately 10:45 in the morning Torres was struck by a forklift being operated by Curiel Fermin also fifty nine and from Cape Coral.

FHP stated the accident happened when Torres reached down to pick up an object and was hit by the approaching fork lift. The lift struck Torres in the leg and also with the front tire.

Torres was taken by Helicopter by Bayflite to Blake Medical Center with serious injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol is continuing an investigation into the accident.

Semi-tractor Trailer Overturns On I-75 At Bradenton Injures 3

Florida Highway patrol reported an early morning accident on I-75 involving an overturned tractor-trailer that shut down the northbound lanes from shortly after 2:15 a.m. until they were reopened nearly six hours later at 8a.m.

The crash on the freeway took place in Bradenton about one mile south of the Sate Road 70  ramp in the northbound lanes when  the driver of a Freightliner tractor trailer, sixty one year old Donny Pannell, failed to maintain control of the truck.

The truck which was traveling at speed slid and rotated until it slammed into the concrete barrier on the west side of the highway. After smashing into the barrier it swerved back in the other direction, crossed all lanes of traffic again and crashed into the barrier on the east side of the highway, which caused the tractor-trailer to roll over onto it’s side blocking the northbound lanes.

Additionally, the truck was being followed by German Rodriguez, a 44-year old from Palmetto. When the Freighliner began to crash, Rodriguez attempted to stop from hitting the trailer but the was unable to avoid crashing into the trailer with his Chevy SIlverado.

Both the passenger in the Silverado and Rodriguez sustained minor injuries in the crash. Pannell , the driver of the semi also sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was cited for careless driving and the driver of the SIlverado was cited for driving without a license.

I-75 Rollover Crash Injures 4 In Venice

A vehicle crash on interstate 75 near the Jacaranda Blvd exit in Venice caused at least on vehicle to overturn.

According to first responders the vehicle had six passengers, four of which where injured in the crash. The injured were said to be in stable condition after arriving at the hospital via ambulance.

FHP had quickly cleared the lanes and I-75 was open for traffic.


Interstate 75 Crash Leaves Bradenton Woman Serious Condition

A single car traffic accident at an I-75 on ramp at Fruitville road in Sarasota has seriously injured the driver.

The driver of the Nissan, Angela Patterson, a 44 year old from Bradenton for reasons not yet determined swerved of the on-ramp of I-75 at Fruitville at speed. The Nissan Murano

After driving off the roadway the crossover crossed the grassy shoulder and careened from tree to tree before crashing into a concrete podium and running through a fence where the SUV finally came to a stop.

Patterson was taken by paramedics to Blake Medical Center in serious condition. Troopers form the Florida Highway Patrol, stated that the accident is under investigation and that charges may be pending.

Eleven Vehicles Crash on I-75 at Brandon Injuring Seven

11 car crash i-75 brandonAn 11 car pile up on I-75 near Brandon Saturday Morning involved a semi-truck and 10 other vehicles began when an out of state driver changed lanes an cut off the tractor trailer.

William Morton-Holcomb, a 33 year old from Peoria, Ariz. was driving southbound on I-75 near Brandon in his Chevrolet Traverse when he improperly changed lanes directly in front of an oncoming semi.

That set off a chain of events that would cause 11 vehicles to collide and leave 7 people injured, including one person who had to extracted from a car pinned between a barrier wall and a semi truck.

The accident took place just north of north of SR 60 near Brandon and due to the number of vehicles involved completely blocked the southbound lanes.

In the moments after the accident people got out of their vehicles to aid the injured. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue reported that seven people were taken to area hospitals by ambulance and helicopter, including Jeffery Brooks, from Tobyhanna, PA.  and James Lee, from Seffner FL who were listed in critical condition.Both men were later reported to be in stable condition by evening.

Additionally Norma Lee and Donna Lee also from Seffner were among four others seriously injured in the crash.



I-75 Rollover Blocks Lanes Near Fruitville In Sarasota

A vehicle overturned on I-75 Wednesday causing delays. The accident occurred when a pick up truck towing a large camper rolled over obstructing the north bound lanes.

The roll-over happened at mile marker 201 sometime after 2:30 in the afternoon and the wreckage blocked the lanes until crews were finally able to clear the road just after 5p.m.


Crash On Interstate 75 Kills Man From North Port, Injures Passenger

Florida Highway Patrol reported a single car accident that took the life of 81 year old Kasper Flueck of North Port.

Rosetta Flueck, 70 was Fluek’s passenger and received treatment for minor injuries at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

Both the driver and passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. The accident began shortly after 3:15 in the afternoon when the trailer Fluek was towing behind his Mercury Mountaineer SUV began to sway violently back and forth shaking the top-heavy SUV into a spin.

The once the vehicle/trailer went into a spin the trailer jacknifed and caused the SUV to rollover at speed where it came to rest in the median of I-75.

Kasper Flueck was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.

Fatal Accident On I-75 In Manatee County Near 301

Florida Highway Patrol reported a serious accident on Interstate 75 tht took place earlie this morning sometime around 4:00 a.m.

Details are still emerging but at least one person was killed in the accident. The accident occurred near the I-75 and 301 interchange on the southbound side.

FHP has not yet released the name of the victims or further details of the crash, and all lanes of traffic are open.

Car Crash On Interstate 75 Kills 1 Injurs 3

A Nokomis Man was killed on I-75 and three others were when the 2002 Toyota Tundra they were riding in rolled over multiple times.

The deceased man, Mitchell Davis, 18 years old from Nokomis was also riding with Kyle Incrocci, a 17 year old high school student from Venice High School, Azalea Davis, 21, of Osprey and Sam Ball, 18, of Venice.

While the Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident some details have been released. For reasons unknown, after 10 p.m. at mile marker 201 Ball, the driver of the pickup lost control of the pickup truck. The truck swirved into the median roughly 4 miles south of the Clark Rd exit. Ball attempted to steer to pickup back onto the roadway apparently causing the truck to flip multiple times.

Mitchell Davis was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

Azalea Davis was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton in serious condition. Kyle Incrocci was transported to St. Petersburg’s Bayfront Medical Center and Sam Ball the driver of the pick up was taken to Sarasota memorial, suffering only minor injuries.

FHP has also stated that alcohol was not a factor in the accident