Driver cited in I-75 semi accident

Crews work to remove an overturned semi on the northbound lane of Interstate 75 just north of the Micanopy exit on Wednesday, January 16, 2008.

CHARLES ROOP/Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 7:57 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 7:57 a.m.

Troopers cited a truck driver for careless driving after his semi overturned on Interstate 75 in southern Alachua County Wednesday, blocking all northbound lanes of the highway.

Edward James Kalita, 58, of Roy, Utah, had been headed north on the road, six miles south of Gainesville, when the accident occurred at about 3:30 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The road was shut down with traffic rerouted. But many vehicles were backed up for miles until the semi was moved and the road opened almost two hours later.

Kalita told troopers he was driving in the center lane and had leaned to the right to look down for a moment. When he looked back up, his truck had veered toward the right. He attempted to correct the vehicle's motion but ended up swerving into the left lane and losing control of the semi.

Kalita was taken to Shands at the University of Florida for minor injuries, according to troopers.

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