TAMPA, FL – A 49-year-old woman died Friday on I-75 N in east Tampa in a crash that involved three vehicles, including two tractor-trailers and an SUV.
10 Tampa Bay reports that the incident happened just after 10 a.m. on I-75 N near exit 256.
Police say a northbound 18-wheeler hauling natural gas collided with the rear of a second semi-truck that was stopped on the shoulder of the interstate. The impact caused the gas tanks to disconnect from the first truck and fall onto an SUV carrying four occupants.
The gas tanks then fell into the roadway, and the parked semi-truck caught fire. Officials say the trailer on the truck contained cotton textiles.
One of the passengers in the SUV, a female from Ruskin, died at the scene. The 22-year-old Ruskin man that drove the SUV was hurt in the crash, as were the 10-year-old and 4-year-old male passengers. The severity of their injuries is unclear.
The 48-year-old St. Petersburg man driving the semi-truck with the gas tanks sustained minor injuries, as did the 31-year-old Miami man who drove the truck that caught fire.
The investigation is ongoing.
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