Southbound Interstate 75 in Gibsonton was closed Wednesday morning for several hours after a crash that killed a Parrish man in which his car went into the Alafia River and an ABC Liquors tractor trailer overturned.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the ABC Liquors semi truck and a BMW sedan were traveling south on I-75 approaching the Alafia River bridge around 2:30 a.m.
With visibility limited by fog, the two vehicles collided, and the BMW traveled off the inside shoulder of the bridge and into the Alafia River.
The semi overturned, spilling a large portion of the 30,000 gallons of alcoholic beverages it was carrying onto the highway, troopers said.
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Hillsborough County Fire Rescue's dive team attempted to rescue the driver of the BMW, but were unsuccessful. That driver, 42-year-old James Dylan Proctor of Parrish, died at the scene. The driver of the semi, 30-year-old Wayne Damari Waldon of Lakeland, was taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries.
"It's a good 20-foot plunge (into the river) off the interstate," said Chip Shields of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.
Charges are pending, the FHP said.