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.