An out-of-control car became lodged beneath a tractor-trailer Tuesday morning on Interstate 4 in Lakeland, sending the car’s three occupants to the hospital with minor injuries.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Armando Fernando Ricardo Jonesia, 24, of Tampa, was driving east when he on lost control of his 1999 Honda Civic just before 7 a.m. while approaching Kathleen Road.
Jonesia’s car struck the left rear of the tractor-trailer, deflected back across the highway, rotated and became lodged under the trailer, troopers said.
The car was dragged for several hundred feet before both vehicles came to rest on the outside shoulder and partially obstructed the outside lane, troopers said.
Jonesia and passengers Alexander E. Fields, 20, of Tampa, and Madison B. Kliimzak, 18, of Riverview, were taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
The truck driver, Jerry Lynn Yoder, 64, of Palm Coast, was not injured, troopers said.
The rig was operated by M&I Equipment Leasing, of Green Bay, Wis., the highway patrol said.
Jonesia was ticketed for failure to maintain a single lane, troopers said.