Crash closes SB I-75 in Gibsonton; driver dies

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A driver died this morning after a crash on Interstate-75, caused by low visibility due to fog, resulted in him crashing into a semi and landing in the Alafia River.

The crash closed I-75 for several hours earlier today as 30,000 gallons of alcohol spilled from the ABC Liquors semi, and the Florida Highway Patrol said two lanes were reopened as of 8:05 a.m.

According to the FHP, the driver of a BMW and the semi were traveling southbound I-75, approaching the Alafia Bridge, just after 2:30 a.m. when they crashed.

The FHP said low visibility contributed to the crash.

The impact caused the BMW to travel off the inside shoulder of the bridge and into the Alafia River, while the semi overturned onto the southbound lanes, the FHP said.

Rescue crews removed the car from the river, but the unidentified driver died at the scene, the FHP said.

The unidentified driver of the semi was transported to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries, the FHP said.

The southbound lanes on I-75 were closed for several hours at Gibsonton Drive and rerouted to U.S. 301.

Crews continue to clear the semi and alcohol from the highway.

An investigation is ongoing.

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