One person was killed early Thursday when a flatbed cargo truck crashed on Interstate 75 in north Tampa.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at the I-75 apex with Interstate 275 just before 5 a.m.
Troopers believe the 43-year-old driver of the truck was killed when the truck went off the highway from the center lane of southbound I-75. The truck hit a guardrail, ejecting the St. Petersburg man from the vehicle.
The passenger in the truck, a 21-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel.
The southbound and northbound lanes of the highway were closed until about 7 a.m.
The crash remains under investigation.
Trucks with overloaded cargo, or cargo that is not loaded according to regulations, can cause a serious semi-truck accident. In these cases, the cargo could add even more weight to an already over-sized truck that it causes top-heaviness, increasing the risk of overturning around turn and curves. Improperly loaded or overloaded cargo can shift while in motion causing objects on the truck to fall off, drop into the roadway, or even fall onto another vehicle.
No amount of money can erase an unexpected trucking accident that results in serious injury or death. However, financial compensation can provide a sense of security for victims and their families while holding negligent parties accountable for their actions.