A semi-truck transporting a load of Coors Light crashed on Wednesday, leaving a Florida highway blanketed in cases of beer.
The Florida Highway Patrol said in a series of tweets that southbound Interstate 75 at mile marker 296 in Tampa was shut down following an early Wednesday morning wreck involving several 18-wheelers, one of which overturned, losing its load of Coors Light.
At approximately 6:12 a.m., four semi-trucks and one pick-up truck crashed.
Two semi-tractor trailer drivers were traveling south on I-75 when one rear-ended the other while changing lanes, FHP said in a press release. Both came to a stop, one in the outside shoulder and the other in the outside driving lane.
A third semi-truck stopped behind the second truck after noticing all of the vehicle’s lights were out. The third truck was not involved in the initial crash or hit by any other vehicles.
However, a fourth semi-truck stopped behind the third, with a pick-up stopped behind it. A fifth semi-truck carrying the Coors Light hit the pickup truck, pushing it into the shoulder where it hit the first semi-truck, the release said.
The fifth semi-truck continued to travel forward, hitting the fourth semi-truck, which was hauling concrete. Both the concrete and Coors Light spilled onto the highway.
Closing all southbound lanes of I-75 and causing traffic to detour onto state road 50.
FHP said only the driver of the pick-up had minor injuries.
Hernando County: The southbound lanes of I-75 at MM296 remain closed following an early morning crash involving several tractor trailers. Traffic is diverted at SR-50. pic.twitter.com/mWlgU56kMo
— FHP Tampa (@FHPTampa) September 21, 2022
The southbound inside lane reopened at 8:39 a.m. following the crash.
At 9:38 a.m., crews remained on the highway working to clear the damaged trucks and debris.
All lanes of the highway were reopened at 12:05 p.m.