Officials: Driver of tractor-trailer that crashed off I-75 lucky to be alive

Image: Hillsborough Co. Fire Rescue

TAMPA, Fla.  (WFLA) – Authorities say the driver of a tractor-trailer that tumbled off Interstate-75 on Wednesday morning survived the horrible accident, which knocked the cab completely off its trailer.

The Florida Highway Patrol tells News Channel 8 the crash happened around 6:45 Wednesday morning.

Investigators believe someone cut off the semi as it was traveling north on I-75. This sent the truck tumbling onto Fowler Avenue below.

The carrying recycled metals was traveling north on I-75 when troopers believe a driver could have cut the truck off, sending it tumbling down onto Fowler Avenue below.

The tractor-trailer was hauling recycled materials. Its driver, 49-year-old Samuel R. Colon of Zephyrhills, was taken to Florida Hospital.

Fletcher is in serious, but stable condition. FHP investigators believe it truly is a miracle he is still alive.

“It very seriously could have left him or another passing motorist underneath…struck, injured, killed, so of course, we are very fortunate that no other motorists on Fowler Avenue were struck,” said Sgt. Steve Gaskins with Florida Highway Patrol.

Workers with the Department of Transportation were also on scene to check on the integrity of the overpass bridge that the tractor-trailer struck.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or the driver that cut the trailer off is asked to give Florida Highway Patrol a call at (813) 631-4020. 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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