Large piece of concrete blocks I-4 in Orlando

Interstate blocked near Orange Blossom Trail

ORLANDO, Fla. - A flatbed truck carrying a very large piece of concrete dumped its load on Interstate 4 in Orlando, causing major traffic delays.

The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes of I-4 near Orange Blossom Trail.

Florida Department of Transportation officials said a chain, which was holding the slab in place, broke, causing the 50-foot-by-10-foot slab weighing 54,000 pounds to fall off the truck.

Orlando police said two westbound lanes of I-4 were reopened just before 4 p.m.  The on-ramps to I-4 from State Road 408 were also closed to assist with traffic, police said.

Crews used large equipment to clear the concrete from the highway.

The FDOT maintenance contractor estimates a total of about 800-900 feet of two inside lanes suffered minor damage. The contractor also estimates a total of 200-300 feet of guard rail suffered intermittent damage as well.

FDOT says the pavement will be fixed within the next couple of weeks. The damaged guard rail will be replaced without seven-to-10 days.

No one was injured in the incident.

It's not yet known if the driver will face any charges.

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