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Crash blocks northbound Interstate 75

Traffic was snarled through downtown Bradenton Monday for hours after a multi-car accident shut down portions of north-bound Interstate 75.
Traffic was snarled through downtown Bradenton Monday for hours after a multi-car accident shut down portions of north-bound Interstate 75. jajones1@bradenton.com

All northbound lanes of Interstate 75 were blocked for hours Monday after a semi-truck crash, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

A detour through U.S. 301 snarled traffic Bradenton traffic before, during, and after rush hour.

The crash, which was reported at 11:38 a.m., happened near the interchange with State Road 70, according to the FHP website.

The accident appeared to have been caused by a black Dodge pickup truck recklessly traveling southbound on I-75, which cut off a semi-truck. In making an evasive move to avoid crashing into the pickup truck, the semi-truck hit another vehicle. A second semi-truck struck a second vehicle, and a third vehicle was hit by debris of the first crash.

Although the crash occurred in the southbound lanes, Watson said the northbound I-75 lanes were damaged because of vehicles crossing into the median. Cable wires that separate northbound and southbound lanes were damaged.

Only one minor injury was reported in the six-vehicle crash.

Monday evening, troopers were looking for the Dodge pickup truck that caused the accident, according to an FHP press release.

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