Crash on northbound Interstate 75 in Sarasota involves Pepsi truck

SARASOTA -- At least one person is in critical condition after a crash caused by a Pepsi truck and involving two other vehicles Thursday morning on northbound Interstate 75 in Sarasota, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

At 7:58 a.m. Thursday, troopers first received the call of a reported crash at marker 213, near University Parkway, on northbound I-75, according to FHP trooper Kenn Watson. Troopers arrived at the scene of the crash at 8:15 a.m. and initial reports were listing it as a possible fatal crash.

That patient is listed in critical condition but has not died, Watson said. That person's injuries appear to be more as a result of a medical issue, he added.

The crash involved a Pepsi truck, a Cadillac SUV and a small 2009 Ford pickup truck. One victim was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and the driver of the Cadillac was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

"The semi-tractor trailer was unable to stop in time as he approached the congestion in all three lanes," Watson said. "He struck the vehicle that was in front of him and then that vehicle struck the vehicle in front of it."

The right lane was blocked but was reopened as of 9:54 a.m., Watson said. By 11 a.m., all the vehicles had been removed from the scene.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.