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Tractor trailer gets cut off, crash causes delays on I-75

1:10 PM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - Several tractor trailers were involved in a series of crashes on Interstate 75 Wednesday morning.  The accidents slowed down the morning commute, but fortunately there were only minor injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the first accident happened at about 5 p.m. Investigators say a 1999 Freightliner tractor trailer was cut off by an unidentified vehicle traveling southbound, approaching the Bruce B. Downs Boulevard exit. The truck's driver, Harry Kirven, attempted to avoid a collision and ended up hitting a concrete barrier wall.

The impact with the barrier wall tore off the rear trailer axles and the vehicle came to rest in the southbound lanes at the exit ramp to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.  Kirven was not injured in the collision.

Following the crash, a 2012 Volvo tractor trailer collided with the rear axles from Kirven's truck.  That driver, John Jeltema, was not injured and was able to come to a controlled stop.

The situation would not stop just yet, as a southbound 2012 Kenworth tractor trailer, operated by Terry Hypes, also collided with the axles that were still in the roadway. 

Hypes was also uninjured and able to come to a controlled stop, while Deborah Curry, a passenger in Hypes' tractor trailer, received minor injuries. She was treated and released at the scene of the crash.

Finally, a fourth tractor trailer, operated by Terence Gant, collided with the axles as well as the rear trailer of Hypes' truck.  Gant also was able to came to a controlled rest in the southbound lanes of I-75. 

Gant, who received minor injuries in the crash, was cited for careless driving.  The collision caused a partial fuel loss from Gant's vehicle with an estimated 30-40 gallons of diesel spilled onto the roadway.

Crews cleaned up the spill and removed the tractor trailers from the roadway. By late morning, traffic in the area was flowing smoothly.

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