One killed in crash on I-75 southbound near I-275

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — A single-vehicle crash on I-75 southbound has left one person dead. The crash closed the interstate from Bruce B Downs to I-275 Thursday morning for hours.

At this time, the left lane remains closed. All other lanes have re-opened at this time. The crash is backing up traffic on both I-75 SB and I-275 into downtown Tampa.

Florida Highway Patrol reports the crash happened around 3:25 a.m. Thursday morning. Paul Duarte Braga, 43, of St. Petersburg, was driving an Isuzu truck southbound on I-75 when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into the guardrail. Braga was ejected from the truck and was pronounced dead on scene. FHP says he was not wearing a seatbelt and alcohol was not involved.

His passenger, 21-year-old Sonia Braga, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The crash closed I-75 in both directions for hours. All northbound lanes are now open. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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