Sarasota County Schools notified parents that buses would run 20-30 minutes late due to the accident

Lanes of Interstate 75 were closed in both directions for hours Thursday afternoon in Sarasota County after a major crash spilled concrete on the road.


According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, a concrete mixer truck driven by James Allen Wilkins, 60, of Bradenton was heading north on I-75 in the right lane approaching the Fruitville Road interchange at about 11:30 a.m. The truck’s front left tire blew out, causing Wilkins to lose control of the truck, which entered the grass median and struck a steel cable barrier before entering the lanes of I-75 south.


The concrete truck collided with a Pontiac Vibe driven south on I-75 by Alejandra Lucia Daniels, 37, of North Port. The truck then turned onto its right side and collided with a Toytota 4Runner driven south by Kyle Richard Churchill, 31, of Sarasota.


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A Toyota Camry driven south by Joshua William Stevenson, 30, of Fort Myers swerved to avoid the crash and struck the steel cable barrier.


A large amount of concrete spilled onto the lanes of I-75 south.


Wilkins and Daniels were hospitalized with serious injuries. Neither Churchill nor Stevenson was hurt. Every driver was wearing a seat belt.


All lanes of I-75 south were opened shortly after 3 p.m. All lanes of I-75 north were reopened at about 1 p.m. The crash, which backed up traffic on I-75 for miles in both directions, is under investigation.