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ALACHUA COUNTY – Interstate-75 traffic was backed up for more than five hours in the early morning hours Tuesday following a one-vehicle crash and fire in the northbound lane at Mile Marker 389.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, a semi-tractor-trailer with two south Florida men inside was traveling northbound when it left the roadway and traveled onto the east shoulder of I-75. The front of the truck then struck a guardrail, and the rear trailer tires traveled up onto the concrete guardrail and became lodged. The vehicle then became fully engulfed in flames.

The driver, 47-year-old Francisco Grajales of Davie, and passenger, 23-year-old Marcus Turner of Miami, escaped with minor injuries.

The incident was reported at 4:30 a.m. Crews were still on the scene at 6:30 a.m. off-loading the cargo to fully extinguish hot spots, according to FHP. Traffic was diverted off the Interstate as Alachua County Fire Rescue worked to contain and extinguish the fire. Traffic was delayed into the late morning hours as cleanup continued.

No immediate cause of the crash was reported, but FHP is continuing to investigate the incident. Alcohol is not suspected to have been involved.

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