SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A small number of packages were damaged when a UPS truck caught fire after an accident Tuesday morning in Sarasota.
The Florida Highway Patrol says it happened at about 5:45 a.m. on Interstate-75, about two miles south of North River Road.
A truck had stopped on the right shoulder of the southbound lane and pulled out in front of a UPS truck when re-entering the highway. Investigators say the driver of the UPS truck tried to avoid a collision by applying the brakes and steering to the left, but ended up colliding with the rear of the other truck.
The engine compartment of the UPS truck caught fire and destroyed the cab. A UPS spokesperson said that a very small number of packages were damaged or blackened by the heat. An exact number was not released.
A report for affected packages will be entered into the UPS tracking system. If UPS customers are concerned about their packages, the UPS spokesperson said that customers can go to ups.com to track their package for updated delivery information. They can also call 1-800-pickups and give the tracking number to track it.
The driver of the UPS truck suffered minor injuries, according to a FHP report.
I-75 was closed for three hours after the accident.