I-4 westbound reopens after accident

This is the back up in Polk Co. on WB I-4 due to the closure past US 27. FHP trying to clear the crash. EB heavy onlooker delays
This is the back up in Polk Co. on WB I-4 due to the closure past US 27. FHP trying to clear the crash. EB heavy onlooker delays

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — (Update: the accident has been cleared and traffic is moving smoothly.)

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I-4 westbound lanes are closed past US 27 due to an accident.

The westbound lanes are jammed before 27 and traffic can exit at 27. Eastbound lanes are also seeing the effect from heavy onlooker delays.

Here’s what happened:

A dump truck was traveling westbound on I-4 west of US 27 in the outside lane. A vehicle also traveling westbound, overtook and collided with the rear end of the dump truck.

The impact caused the dump truck to travel across all lanes of I-4 and overturn on the inside shoulder. Then, the dump truck’s load of sand spilled across the roadway.

The vehicle then traveled to the outside shoulder, collide with the barrier and erupted in flames.

The crash closed the westbound lanes of I-4 until around 8:40 am. Officials are continuing to clear the scene now.

Stay with WFLA News Channel 8 for updates.

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