Man dies in I-75 accident

MANATEE - A man was killed this morning on Interstate 75 when he tried to retrieve a ladder that had fallen off of his pickup truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident happened just before 9 a.m. in the soutbound lanes just south of the interchange with State Road 64, according to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Doug Dodson.

The man, who apparently had been driving a Nissan Frontier truck, ran onto the highway and was hit by a Dodge Neon. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Dodson said.

The southbound lanes were closed for about two hours as troopers investigated the accident. Traffic was allowed to pass on the outside shoulder.

The victim's identity was not immediately available.