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Landscaper injured by forklift on shoulder of Interstate 75

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SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- A landscaper working in a construction zone of Interstate 75 was seriously injured Thursday while installing sod along the shoulder.

It happened around 10:30am Thursday near Mile Marker 185 near the North Port area.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, 59-year-old Jose Torres of Cape Coral was on foot and had bent down to pick something up when a forklift approached.  Torres was knocked to the ground and his leg was hit by the forklift's tire.

He was flown via helicopter to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton is serious condition.

No charges have been filed.

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