Southbound I-75 in Pasco County has reopened after being shut down for nearly four hours this morning following two major crashes involving three tractor-trailers and a vehicle.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the crashes occurred around 5 a.m. at the 293 mile post in Dade City, near the Hernando County line and between State Roads 50 and 52.
The FHP said two tractor-trailers were stopped in the southbound inside lane due to a road block from a previous crash, involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV.
As a tractor-trailer, traveling in the outside lane, slowed for the crash, it was rear-ended by another tractor-trailer.
The tractor-trailer that was struck - employed by McCollister's Transportation Systems of Burlington, N.J. - then jackknifed while continuing south, striking a tractor-trailer employed by T & J Trucking of Cullman, Ala.
That impact forced the T & J Trucking driver to collide with the rear of a tractor-trailer being driven for Annointed Wheels Trucking of Waycross, Ga.
No loads were lost in the crashes, but southbound I-75 was closed for about four hours, the FHP said.
One driver was airlifted to Bayonet Point Hospital with serious injuries, the FHP said.