Big rig carrying shirts, shoes overturns, ignites on Beachline in Orange County

Eastbound SR 528 closed near SR 520

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A tractor-trailer carrying shirts and shoes crashed, overturned and caught fire early Friday on the Beachline in Orange County, forcing officials to close the toll road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened around 2:45 a.m. on eastbound State 528 near State Road 520. 

Eastbound lanes of S.R. 528 remains closed in the area. Drivers are forced to exit at S.R. 520.

According to the FHP, Rodney Reese, 23, of Brooksville, was driving the semitrailer when he lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason. The big rig struck a guardrail before hitting a wall and overturning, troopers said.

The cab and trailer caught fire, but the road did not appear to be damaged, FHP spokeswoman Kim Montes said.

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Reese, who was wearing a seat belt, was able to get out of the truck, the FHP said. He did not suffer any injuries, according to troopers.

Reese was ticketed for careless driving, according to an FHP report.

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