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Ft Myers FHP Trooper Injured In Manatee County I-75 Construction-Zone Crash

MANATEE COUNTY – Florida Highway Patrol reported a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 Wednesday morning.

Tropical storm Eta was impacting interstate-75 Wednesday morning causing lower visibility and a high amount of water on the roadway.

The crash began as a 20-year-old man from Bradenton was driving a yellow Chevy Camero southbound in the left lanes of a construction zone near mile marker 216 approaching several vehicles on the shoulder of the construction zone.

A 24-year-old man from Fort Myers in a marked Florida Highway Patrol Dodge Charger was parked on the paved shoulder nearby a pickup truck that was part of the road construction crew.

At 9:38:00 AM the Camero in the left lanes began to hydroplane and lost control. After beginning to hydroplane the sedan rotated causing the right side of the sedan to move out of the lane and crash into the rear of the FHP cruiser.

After being struck from behind by the sedan the FHP cruiser was forced into the pickup truck in the construction zone, with the left side of the FHP cruiser colliding with the right side of the pickup truck.

The hydroplaning sedan came to a final stop diagonally blocking the southbound lanes of Interstate-75.

The FHP trooper had been standing outside of the cruiser, but just prior to the crash had re-entered the vehicle, narrowly avoiding being hit while outside the car.

Those of us at Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh want to remind drivers just how dangerous it is for workers and law enforcement in construction zones along busy highways. Please keep that in mind when driving and slow down in construction zones, especially during bad weather or heavy traffic.

Daniel Murphy's passionate belief in upholding the Florida justice system by defending the rights of the public against corporate interests, has lead him to become one of Florida's most effective young attorneys. Daniel Murphy carries his enthusiasm for fighting for the rights of the injured outside the courtroom by staying involved in legal and community organizations.

Ft Myers  FHP Trooper Injured In Manatee County I-75 Construction-Zone Crash

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