Northbound lanes of I-75 reopened at University Parkway after crash early Tuesday

Posted by HERALD STAFF REPORT on March 18, 2014 

MANATEE -- The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 were reopened after being closed for more than five hours after a semi-trailer overturned near State Road 70, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The lanes were reopened about 8 a.m., although the Florida Department of Transportation was reporting heavy congestion on the northbound lanes between Clark Road in southern Sarasota County and State Road 70 in Manatee. On its website, FHP was reporting at least two other crashes in the vicinity in the northbound lanes, one that was reported at 7:30 a.m. and the other at 7:38 a.m.

A third crash on the southbound lanes at State Road 64 was reported at 8:06 a.m. It was being investigated as a hit-and-run, according to FHP.

The crash that closed the interstate happened about 2:05 a.m. The driver of the truck lost control of his vehicle, began swerving and overturned on its side, according to a news release.

The driver of a pickup truck then struck the trailer.

Both drivers and the passenger in the pickup truck suffered minor injuries, according to FHP.

The driver of the semi, Donny Parnell, 61, of Lakeland, was cited for careless driving; and the driver of the pickup, German Flores Rodriguez, 44, of Palmetto, was cited for driving without a license.

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