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.

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A tractor-trailer loses its load of lumber on I-4 west in Longwood.

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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