Truck fire closes southbound I-75 in Port Charlotte

Posted at 7:37 AM, Oct 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-23 14:30:44-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Troopers were forced to close all lanes of Interstate 75 Monday morning near the Harborview Road exit due to a serious truck fire in the median due to a collision between two trucks.

This is near Mile Marker 167, just north of the Peace River bridge.

The crash happened around 7:13 AM Monday in the southbound lanes of I-75, just before the Harborview Road exit.

According to Florida Highway Patrol a tow truck pulling a semi truck was on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes and attempted to pull out into the right traffic lane.

The tow truck pulled into the path of a semi truck, whose driver attempted to swerve to avoid the other truck but hit the rear of the trailer being towed.  The truck then continued veering left across the travel lanes and onto the median, where it caught fire.

There were no injuries in the crash.

Charges are pending in the crash.

All southbound lanes were closed to traffic for about two hours, but are now partially reopened.  Southbound drivers may want to exit at Kings Highway (#170) and continue south to re-enter I-75 at Harborview Road or continue south on U.S. 41 into Punta Gorda.

Northbound lanes were also briefly closed, but have since reopened and are moving freely.