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

I-75 Blocked by Fatal Truck Crash Near Tampa

The northbound lanes of I-75 have been blocked by a major accident just north of Fowler Ave. involving a pair of tractor-trailer trucks and two passenger cars. Officials has closed the I-75 northbound lanes causing a large traffic snarl continuing for miles and includes the Southbound lanes.

Adding to the slowdown FHP has had to use on of the Southbound lanes to allow the northbound traffic already stuck a route around the accident while the incoming northbound traffic has been detoured to Fowler Avenue.

Florida Highway Patrol has stated the accident was caused near a semi truck crashed through a jersey barrier wall protecting a construction area. After the truck had broken through the barrier it struck the median and burst into flames killing the driver of the truck.

FHP has not released additional details about the crash yet.

Weather and Careless Driving Contributed To 47 Car Pile Up At Sarasota on I-75

A major auto accident Friday afternoon involving 47 vehicles resulted in I-75 southbound lanes being closed for 6 hours and dozens of people were injured and taken to area hospitals.

Although dozens were injured in the massive pile-up no one was killed in the accident. Florida highway patrol announced that the crash involved 47 vehicles and 52 people injured. Of those injured in the wreck 22 were taken to area hospitals for medical treatment. Two people were with critical injuries and flown to medical centers for serious injuries.

The chain-reaction of crashes began during heavy rain shortly after 3 p.m. on the southbound lanes on I-75 at the University Parkway Overpass. FHP troopers also noted that while the weather was definitely a contributing factor, there will be charges of careless driving filed for some involved.

While as of Saturday morning it still remains unclear of the exact timeline of events, due to the weather, the accident apparently occurred at speeds between 50 – 65 miles per hour – far slower than normal highway traffic.

In addition to passenger vehicles there were also several commercial trucks including two tractor-trailers involved in the crash. Witnesses to the crash said the heavy downpour of rain seemed to come out of nowhere on an otherwise clear afternoon. Medical authorities at the scene told area news reporters that with so many vehicles and people involved and at the speeds of the accident it was miraculous that no one was killed in the crash.

Troopers reported that of the commercial vehicles involved in the crash that none were contained any harmful or toxic substances.

The massive crash drew emergency response crews from multiple agencies in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, with more than 18 units being sent from the Sarasota county fire department alone.

Many of the injured went to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and received treatment for broken bones, lacerations from broken glass and even burns from airbags deployed in the crash.

The scene after the crash was one of complete chaos with broken glass and smashed vehicle parts scattered across the road way, tractor trailer trucks were jack-knifed and smashed, broker cars were scattered haphazardly in all directions leading up to the overpass. Traffic was backed up for many miles and Friday rush-hour traffic was detoured from State Road 70 to Fruitville Rd.

I-75 Overpass at University Parkway

Area news agencies interviewed witnesses involved in the accident and one vicitm had this to say, “In the moment before we crashed I said to my wife, ‘ we are going to crash! the is no way to stop!’ the next thing we knew the airbag was in my face”.

Another witness described the beginning of the accident  “It seemed like forever, all you could hear was crash, crash, crash just none stop. I have never seen anything like that before”

Further details of the accident are pending from the Florida Highway Patrol.