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Semi, pickup truck crash on I-75 in Marion County temporarily shuts down northbound lanes

A crash involving a semi-truck and pickup truck temporarily shut down the northbound lanes on Interstate 75 in Marion County, near exit 352, on Monday morning.

Shortly after 6:45 a.m., Ocala Fire Rescue units consisting of Engines 1 and 4, Rescue 1, Squad 7, Battalion Chief 11, and a Safety Officer responded to the scene of the accident due to reports of a motor vehicle accident with rollover on I-75 northbound.

Upon arrival, units observed a pickup truck that was upright, and it had significant front-end damage. A semi-truck was also observed on its roof with a ruptured saddle tank, and a passenger was trapped inside. The semi-truck’s driver was ambulatory, according to OFR.

Overturned semi on I-75 northbound near exit 352 on March 13, 2023 (Ocala Fire Rescue)
The semi-truck rolled over on I-75 northbound near exit 352 in Marion County on Monday morning (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

While on the scene, OFR crews learned that the semi-truck was towing the pickup truck, which broke free during the accident. The pickup truck was unoccupied.

Crew members from Engine 1 and Squad 7 worked to stop the fuel leak from the semi-truck’s saddle tank on the driver’s side. Rescue 1 and Engine 4’s crews stabilized the semi-truck in order to extricate the trapped passenger.

Overturned semi on I-75 northbound near exit 352 on March 13, 2023 (Ocala Fire Rescue) - crews extricating passenger
Ocala Fire Rescue crews extricating the passenger from the semi-truck (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

With assistance from Engine 1, Squad 7’s crews extricated the passenger. After the extrication was completed, the passenger was then transported to a local hospital as a trauma alert.

No other injuries were reported.

Due to the accident, all northbound lanes on I-75 near exit 352 were closed for approximately three hours. The lanes were reopened shortly after 9:40 a.m.

The state warning point was notified.

Marion County Fire Rescue and the Florida Highway Patrol also responded to the scene of the accident.