A blown-out tire caused a truck fire that led to the closure of southbound Interstate 75 south of State Road 56 on Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. At 10:32 p.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers were dispatched there for a one vehicle rollover, which apparently had happened about 2 hours earlier. The vehicle overturned and caught fire.
Troopers said a auto crashed into the back of a semi-truck that had stopped due to a disabled vehicle.
Marion County Fire Rescue arrived on scene at 12:02 a.m.
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According to FHP, the driver of a 2007 Chevy Corvette, 25-year-old Jarrett Joseph Tereskun of Fruitland Park, was killed in the crash.
The driver of the semi-tractor trailer that ran off the road, 64-year-old Sung Il Lee from Lagrange, Georigia, sustained serious injuries was taken to Shands in Gainesville. Seven other people were also hospitalized with minor injuries.
Troopers were unable to estimate when I-75 southbound will be reopened.