TAMPA, Fla. — Fifteen hours after a fatal crash, all of the ramps and lanes around Interstate 75 at Fowler Avenue have reopened.
- I-75 lanes reopened after Tuesday's fatal crash
- SB I-75 ramp to EB Fowler remains closed; EB Fowler closed
- Spectrum Bay News 9 Real Time Traffic Map
Interstate 75 reopened early Wednesday, followed by the opening of the ramp from southbound I-75 to eastbound Fowler Avenue.
Eastbound Fowler Ave. reopened overnight and the westbound lanes were reopened just before 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Crews conducted engineering tests on the roadway after the crash investigation and cleanup were completed.
On Tuesday, a fiery chain-reaction crash caused a tractor trailer to go over I-75 and spill onto Fowler.
The crash happened just after 4 p.m. when the driver of an SUV entered the northbound entrance ramp to I-75 from Fowler Avenue lost control of the vehicle and rotated across the roadway's northbound lanes.
The vehicle entered the path of the tractor trailer, and the two vehicles collided. The collision sent the tractor trailer into the roadway's center median and the barrier wall along the Fowler Avenue overpass.
The tractor portion of the tractor trailer went over the barrier wall and down to Fowler Avenue, where it landed on a third vehicle. The trailer continued along the barrier wall until it finally fell down onto Fowler, as well, and was struck by a fourth vehicle.
The tractor, still atop the third vehicle, then caught fire and burned for over 20 minutes. The trailer came to final rest across all lanes of Fowler Avenue, spilling its load of tomatoes across the roadway.
The driver of the vehicle that the tractor fell on top of suffered fatal injuries in the crash, according to FHP. The occupants of the other vehicles were all transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.