I-4 reopens in Orange County after truck, trusses cleared from road

Interstate 4 west shut down at Orange Blossom Trail for hours

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

A crash blocks I-4 west in Orange County.

ORLANDO, Fla. - A semitruck hauling roof trusses overturned Tuesday morning on Interstate 4 in Orange County, causing a major traffic jam.

The single-vehicle crash happened around 6 a.m. on I-4 west at Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.

Westbound I-4 was completely blocked, but the interstate was reopened about five hours later.

According to Orlando police Lt. Jonathan Bigelow, witnesses said the truck may have been driving faster than the speed limit and its load was top heavy on one side.  

The truck struck an inside barrier, causing the driver to lose control and flip on its side, Bigelow said.

Bigelow said the driver suffered minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital.

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A hazmat team was called to the scene to clean up a fuel spill, and crews cleared debris from the roadway.

Bigelow said the truck is not connected to the I-4 Ultimate project, an overhaul of the interstate through Central Florida.

Tamica Shines said she was late to work because of the crash.

"We were stuck in traffic for about an hour," Shines said. "We noticed that it had gotten really backed up and when we came to a complete stop, we knew something was wrong."

 

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