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All lanes of SB I-75, University reopen in Sarasota County

SARASOTA – All lanes of University Parkway and southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Sarasota have reopened, a day after an accident that sent concrete pieces onto the highway.

Lt. Greg Bueno said in a release that the roadway was fully reopened at 5:30 p.m.

The state said only cleanup work remains along University under the overpass, but it will not affect traffic.

Earlier today, the inside southbound lane on I-75 reopened after pieces of concrete falling from an overpass closed the highway for several hours on Monday.

University Parkway reopened early this morning, according to FDOT, although motorists should expect intermittent lane closures while crews complete the work.

The incident occurred when a truck driver lost control of his tractor-trailer on I-75, sending heavy equipment off of the trailer, sending concrete pices onto the interstate, and damaging the University Parkway overpass.

Jorge Luis Abelenda Fernandez, 21, of Tampa, was southbound in a 1994 Peterbilt tractor-trailer approaching University in the right lane when he tried to slow with other traffic for two vehicles on the right shoulder, according to the FHP.

He swerved toward the center lane to avoid a collision and that is when a strap holding heavy machinery on the trailer snapped, and the equipment fell and rolled from the center lane to the right lane hitting the base of the overpass, FHP said, damaging the structure. The truck continued toward the median and stopped facing southbound traffic.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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