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Overturned semi spills load of lumber on I-4 in Longwood

Westbound lanes reopen near State Road 434

A tractor-trailer loses its load on I-4 near Longwood. (WKMG)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A semi hauling lumber and plywood overturned Wednesday morning on I-4 in Seminole County, blocking all westbound lanes of the interstate for more than four hours.

The two-vehicle crash happened around 6 a.m. near State Road 434 in Longwood. The roadway reopened after 10 a.m.

Video from News 6 helicopter Sky 6 showed the big rig on its side, with lumber lying on I-4.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 41-year-old Julio Gonzalez was driving a semi in the center lane of westbound I-4 when he traveled into the left lane but then quickly swerved back into the center lane, which caused the semi to overturn when the load in the trailer shifted.

Gonzalez was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the FHP said. A Jeep SUV was hit by the semi’s trailer but the driver of that vehicle was not injured, records show.

Crews removed the plywood and cleaned up a fuel spill, troopers said.

The semi was turned upright and towed from the scene.

Traffic was backed up in the area.

No other details have been released.

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