Motorcyclist injured after hitting 10-foot alligator

27-year-old taken to Florida hospital

A 7-foot alligator is spotted on I-95 in Brevard County.

WIMAUMA, Fla. - A man who was riding a motorcycle hit an alligator that was crossing a rural Florida road, throwing him from his bike.

 The Florida Highway Patrol said Calun Nelson, 27, was riding his motorcycle south of Tampa early Friday when he saw the more than 10-foot alligator crossing the road in front of him. He tried unsuccessfully to avoid the gator.

Troopers said Nelson was taken to a Tampa hospital with serious injuries.

An alligator trapper was called to retrieve the gator's body.

It's the second accident this week in Florida involving an alligator. A driver on Interstate 75 escaped serious injury when she hit an alligator Tuesday near Sarasota.

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