Alachua man injured when Jeep flips on I-75

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:31 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 9:31 a.m.

A 20-year-old Alachua man was seriously injured early Thursday morning when he lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 75 and flipped over the guardrail, authorities said.

Ashton Leron Lee was driving south near mile marker 391 at around 2:45 a.m. when his 1996 Jeep went into the center median and overturned, flipping over the guardrail and into the northbound lanes, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Jeep came to rest in the center lane on its roof.

At the same time, James Michael Lloyd, 65, of Acworth, Ga., was driving north in a 2014 tractor-trailer in the outside lane.

Lloyd saw several cars and pedestrians on the outside emergency lane and changed into the center lane, where the tractor-trailer hit the disabled Jeep, FHP said.

Lee was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital, where he was in serious condition, according to the FHP. Lee, who was not wearing a seat belt, was cited for failure to maintain a single lane, the FHP reported.

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