Were you stuck in I-75 traffic on Wednesday morning? Here’s what led to the congestion


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Northbound lanes of I-75 in Sarasota were shut down for about three hours Wednesday morning because of three separate accidents.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the first accident occurred around 7:17 a.m. and involved a pickup truck carrying pool chemicals. The driver told authorities that unknown vehicle cut her off, forcing her to take evasive action. The driver veered into the grassy edge off the shoulder, where her vehicle overturned.

The accident occurred near mile marker 204 and the driver suffered minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, FHP and the Sarasota County Fire Department’s hazardous material team responded.

The accident briefly shut down both north and southbound lanes, according to the sheriff’s office, but southbound lanes were quickly reopened.

About 45 minutes into clearing the scene, two back-to-back but separate accidents occurred within minutes of one another.

A second non-injury accident occurred four miles south of the primary accident and a third occurred near mile marker 199, just a mile from the second accident.

The sheriff’s office reported at least one person from the third accident was life-flighted from the scene with serious injuries.

The chemical spill was cleared by 9 a.m., but the highway’s northbound lanes remained closed for an additional hour. The sheriff’s office reported that all lanes were open as of 10 a.m.

Breaking News/Real Time Reporter Mark Young began his career in 1996 and has been with the Bradenton Herald since 2014. He has won more than a dozen awards over the years, including the coveted Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Press Club and for beat reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists to name a few. His reporting experience is as diverse as the communities he covers.
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