Driver in Tampa Crash Cited for Texting While Driving a Tractor Trailer
Posted: January 10, 2017
The crash occurred on Wednesday, January 4, 2016, at approximately 6:46 AM on northbound I-75 at Fowler Avenue.
According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), 49 year-old Samuel R. Colon Jr. of Zephyrhills, FL was operating a 2007 Mack Tractor Trailer transporting recycled debris. He was traveling northbound I-75 at Fowler Avenue when an unknown vehicle changed lanes in front of his Mack truck.
In order to avoid the collision, Colon steered toward the outside shoulder and collided with the barrier wall. The vehicle traveled over the wall, overturned, and fell onto Fowler Avenue below.
Multiple lanes of Fowler Avenue were closed for several hours and two other vehicles were damaged by debris spilled during the incident.
Colon was transported to Florida Hospital Fletcher with serious injuries.
Today, FHP issued Samuel Colon a citation for using a cell phone while operating a commercial motor.
FHP is still attempting to locate the vehicle that cut off the truck and they are asking anyone with information to call 813-631-4020.
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