DOT road ranger hit by car while setting up I-75 detour

October 7, 2021 GMT

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Department of Transportation road ranger who was setting up a detour following a crash on Interstate 75 early Thursday was hit by an inattentive driver who went around traffic cones, troopers said.

The ranger, who works for the Florida Department of Transportation, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. He was later listed in stable condition.

The incident began around 2 a.m. Thursday when a southbound tractor trailer carrying frozen food overtook slower traffic, forcing the driver to take evasive action to avoid a crash, trooper said. The truck then crashed into an inside barrier wall and the tractor separated from the trailer. Parts of it ended up in the northbound lanes of I-75 and caught fire.

A vehicle heading north hit debris from the crash, the report said.

The road ranger was setting up a detour when an inattentive 71-year-old driver hit him, troopers said.

The other drivers involved in the crashes were not seriously injured.