I-75 open again in Manatee County after fatal car fire shuts down bridge

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Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 4:32 pm

UPDATE: All northbound lanes have reopened on I-75, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

The road was closed for about 6 hours.  The crash involved a semi truck and five other cars also included one fatality according to a police report.

The narrative of the report says the semi truck failed to observe a stop in traffic going north on I-75 near exit 224 and struck the first car, spinning it until it ran into the concrete barrier.

The semi truck's momentum forced it to continue and strike two other vehicles which were stopped on the east shoulder of the road, as well as two additional vehicles bringing the accident total to six.

Vehicle number three (one of the two vehicles stopped on the east shoulder) was engulfed into flames immediately and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.


ELLENTON, Fla. -- All northbound lanes of I-75 are closed between Bradenton and Ellenton due to a possibly fatal crash and vehicle fire.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a semi tractor-trailer was unable to stop and collided with five other vehicles. 

One of those vehicles caught fire on the bridge over the Manatee River, just south of Exit 224.

FHP is reporting a fatality on the scene, several others were hurt.

Traffic is being diverted at State Road 64 (Exit 220) and State Road 70 (Exit 217) and routed west towards U.S. 41, then north to I-275 or U.S. 301.  An alternate route would be to head east on S.R. 64, north on Rye Road, then west on Rutland Road back to U.S. 301.

We will update as more information becomes available.  You can monitor up-to-the-minute traffic conditions at www.mysuncoast.com/traffic.

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