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Southbound I-75 reopens after crash in Pasco County

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.

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