Truck nearly drives off Manatee County bridge

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MANATEE COUNTY - Downpours Monday evening were most likely to blame for a semi-truck crash on Interstate-75.

It happened in Manatee County on what's known as the Salt Marsh Bridge near mile marker 223 – about halfway between the State Road 64 exit and the Manatee River Bridge.

Troopers say the double-trailer truck was headed northbound a little after 8pm when the truck hydroplaned and the driver lost control, slamming into a guardrail and sending the cab over that railing.

Troopers shut down the center and right northbound lanes for over two hours, and have since re-opened them.

The truck driver suffered only minor injuries.

Crews are surveying the damage to the bridge.