A 38-year-old Florida Road Ranger was airlifted to a local hospital after being struck by a pickup truck while setting up a detour on I-75 overnight.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, a tractor-trailer was traveling southbound around 1:50 am Monday, on I-75 crossing the overpass at SR-50, transporting a load of frozen food.
Troopers say the driver of the tractor-trailer overtook slower moving traffic and the driver was forced to take evasive action to avoid a crash.
Investigators say the tractor-trailer traveled left and collided with the inside concrete barrier wall on the freeway, and partially traveled over the wall at which point the tractor separated from the trailer, with both units overturning.
Troopers say the tractor unit came to a stop along the northbound side of I-75 and caught fire.
At approximately 2:30 AM, a Road Ranger was setting up a northbound detour at Exit 293 in support of the initial crash when an inattentive 71-year-old Tampa man operating a 2000 Toyota Sienna drove around the traffic cones and collided with 38-year-old Ranger who was on foot.
The Ranger was airlifted to an area hospital with serious injuries.
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