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Truck hits I-75 toll booth in Collier County, three hurt, one seriously; FHP says truck driver fell asleep

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The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a crash involving a tractor-trailer hauling an empty cement tanker, the toll plaza and a passenger vehicle, at mile marker 100 on eastbound Interstate 75.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the driver of a tractor-trailer pulling an empty concrete tanker fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed into the eastbound toll gate on I-75 and another vehicle, injuring several people.

The crash happened around noon at mile marker 100, the entrance to Alligator Alley.

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Truck crash at toll plaza on I-75 injures three.

A 67-year-old female toll plaza worker from Fort Myers sustained serious injuries and was flown to an area hospital.

Two occupants in the passenger vehicle, the 45-year-old male driver from Aurora, Colorado, and a 45-year-old female passenger from Florida were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The 35-year-old truck driver from Miami was not injured, the FHP said.

The FHP said the crash caused extensive damage to the #1, #2 and #3 toll lanes and those lanes will remain closed for repairs.

The #5 Sun Pass lane and the #4 lane remain open.

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The Florida Highway Patrol is on scene of a crash involving a tractor-trailer hauling an empty cement tanker, the toll plaza and a passenger vehicle, at mile marker 100 on eastbound Interstate 75.

The crash remains under investigation.

Further details were unavailable.

The FHP said it was conducting a special public education program in September targeting drowsy driving.

The FHP urges drivers to safely pull off the road and take a break if they are having difficulty focusing, find themselves yawning repeatedly, or are drifting into other lanes.

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