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Driver of semitrailer that fell from I-75 cited for using cellphone

Dash cam video shows truck driver was distracted by cellphone before crash

The driver of the semitrailer that flipped over the Interstate 75 barrier in Tampa last week was cited for using a cell phone while operating a commercial motor vehicle when the crash occurred.
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The driver of the semitrailer that flipped over the Interstate 75 barrier in Tampa last week was cited for using a cell phone while operating a commercial motor vehicle when the crash occurred.

The driver of the semitrailer that flipped over the Interstate 75 barrier last week was cited for using a cellphone while operating a commercial motor vehicle when the crash occurred.

Dash camera video footage revealed the 49-year-old driver’s cellphone usage, according to a release from Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver, from Zephyrhills, was transporting recycled debris around 6:46 a.m. Jan. 4 on northbound I-75 when another car changed lanes in front of the semitrailer, according to FHP.

The driver tried to avoid a collision, swerving to the outside shoulder.

But the semitrailer hit the barrier wall, overturned and fell from the overpass to Fowler Avenue. Debris spilled from the trailer onto the roadway where two other vehicles struck some of the debris. No one was injured after hitting debris, but the driver of the semitrailer was treated for serious injuries at a nearby hospital.

Multiple lanes of traffic were closed for several hours, according to FHP.

The vehicle that initially changed lanes in front of the trailer has not yet been located, according to FHP. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the FHP at 813-631-4020.

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