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Southbound I-75 reopened after multi-vehicle crash in North Fort Myers

Posted: 5:54 AM, Sep 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-25 12:11:36Z
SB I-75 lanes shut down due to car crash
SB I-75 lanes shut down due to car crash
SB I-75 lanes shut down due to car crash
SB I-75 lanes shut down due to car crash
SB I-75 lanes shut down due to car crash

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.  -- All southbound lanes of Interstate 75 have reopened beginning at Tucker's Grade after this morning's crash at mile marker 147 caused road blockage, but only minor injuries.

The crash scene happened at 3:35 a.m. Tuesday and involved a semi truck, a pickup truck hauling a camper, a tanker truck, and one car near the 147 mile marker on Interstate 75 southbound in North Fort Myers. 

That's between the Tucker's Grade and Bayshore Road exits.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, a car headed southbound at a high rate of speed was unable to avoid hitting the rear end of a tanker truck.

The car's driver then lost control and spun out into the right lane, into the path of a tractor-trailer truck.  That truck hit the car and veered to the left, into the path of the pickup truck towing the camper, causing another collision.

Traffic was being diverted off I-75 at Tucker's Grade (#158) for a few hours until the scene could be cleared.  Northbound lanes were also temporarily shut down in order to reroute traffic.

The car's driver, 34-year-old Javier Rodriguez of Naples, was uninjured but charged with careless driving and failure to provide insurance at the scene of a crash.

The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered a minor injury, as did a passenger in the pickup truck.  Both were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment.