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Miami Beach truck driver sets off chain reaction on I-75, FHP says

A 53-year-old Miami Beach man was cited after his speeding car hauler collided into a vehicle that caused a chain reaction at 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP troopers said Pedro Morales Martinez was driving a loaded car hauler northbound in the center lane on Interstate 75 in Manatee County was behind two other vehicles near mile marker 219. A semitruck was also northbound in the left lane.

FHP reported the third vehicle stopped for traffic and the driver of the second vehicle began to slow when he noticed Morales Martinez coming at high speed. As the second vehicle moved right to avoid a collision, Morales Martinez's car hauler sideswiped the vehicle, according to FHP.

Morales Martinez continued northbound in the center lane and his hauler's front struck the trailer of the third vehicle, which was forced into the rear of the third vehicle and then into the path of the semi.

The semi turned left but could not avoid a collision with the third vehicle.

FHP troopers reported northbound I-75 was blocked three hours as a large oil spill from the car hauler's engine had to be absorbed.

The driver of the third vehicle and his passenger suffered minor injuries and were transported to Manatee Memorial Hospital, FHP reported.