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.