Southbound traffic on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County was backed up for Monday morning’s commute after a semi transporting U.S. mail crashed, causing much of his load to spill onto the roadway.
The crash occurred around 7:15 a.m. just north Big Bend Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, and all lanes reopened just before noon.
Troopers say a transport semi was on the shoulder while two flat tires were being repaired when Michael A. Richardson, 58, of Charlotte, N.C., partially entered the shoulder and struck the rear of the trailer.
A large portion of the back and side of Richardson’s semi ripped up following the crash, causing mail debris to be strewn across the roadway, troopers say.
Richardson was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa with serious injuries, troopers say. The driver of the other truck, 25-year-old Emmanuel K. Bellamy of Opa Locka, was not injured.
Traffic cameras show only one outside lane getting by as of 10 a.m. while crews clean the area.