TAMPA — A severe accident closed all northbound lanes of Interstate 275 near Bears Avenue early Friday.
Troopers said Christopher J. Cayer, 28, of Wesley Chapel was driving northbound about 1:10 a.m. when he tried to pass a pickup truck driven by Shane M. Stevens, 57, of Land 'O Lakes near milepost 58, about five miles north of Bears Avenue.
Cayer struck the back of Stevens' truck and overturned, and Cayer was thrown into the road. Stevens' truck rotated into the median. Cayer's car was then struck by a semi truck driven by Patricia L. Pawlowski, 60, of Jacksonville. The car and semi came to rest across several lanes of northbound I-275.
Cayer was taken to Tampa General. His condition was not immediately available.
The crash closed northbound lanes until about 6:30 a.m.