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.
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.
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.