Semi-truck slams into toll plaza in Collier I-75 crash after driver allegedly falls asleep

Dan Glaun
Naples Daily News
A semi-truck crashed into an I-75 toll plaza in Collier County on Sept. 19, 2022, seriously injuring a worker.

A toll worker was seriously injured and flown to a nearby hospital Monday afternoon, after a semi-truck crashed into an eastbound toll plaza on Interstate 75 in Collier County.

The driver of the truck, a 35-year-old man from Miami, fell asleep at the wheel near the interstate's 100 mile marker, according to an investigator's report. He allegedly awoke just before entering a toll lane and slammed on the brakes, causing the truck to jackknife and crash into a lane barrier.

The trailer was wrenched off its wheel assembly and spun into another lane, where an SUV was stopped, according to the report. It crashed into the SUV and toll booth, seriously injuring the worker and causing minor injuries to two occupants of the SUV.

The truck was hauling an empty cement tanker, the report said.

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A semi-truck crashed into an I-75 toll plaza in Collier County on Sept. 19, 2022, seriously injuring a worker.

Three toll lanes remain closed for repairs, including one that sustained extensive damage, according to the press release. The inside SunPass lane and left attended lane are still usable.

The crash is still under investigation.