Driver critically injured when metal beam goes through windshield on I-4

2 wrecks cause traffic jam in Seminole County

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LAKE MARY, Fla. - A 60-year-old DeLand man was critically injured by a metal beam after he crashed into the back of a pickup truck on Interstate 4 in Seminole County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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The crash was reported Wednesday morning on I-4 west near State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs.

The victim, identified Wednesday afternoon as Steven McCourt, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, the FHP said.

According to troopers, McCourt was driving an Isuzu Rodeo when a 2011 Ford pickup hauling metal beams slowed in front of him because of traffic.

McCourt failed to slow down and crashed into the back of the pickup, sending a beam through the Rodeo's windshield, troopers said.

McCourt is in critical condition, the FHP said. Derek Swink, the 25-year-old pickup truck driver, was not injured.

The truck had red flags and a yellow vest attached to the ends of the beams, the FHP said.

The crash remains under investigation.

The crash was one of two on I-4 west that caused major backups.

The other crash was reported near Lake Mary Boulevard. Details about that wreck are not known.

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