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Traffic was tied up for hours last weekend as emergency workers and clean-up crews cleared an accident site on Interstate 75 in northern Sumter County that claimed the life of a Hernando Beach man.
James Patrick Clark, 70, died Saturday, Sept. 14, when the Benton Global semi-tractor trailer truck, of Jacksonville, he was driving overturned on Interstate 75, according to a Florida Highway Patrol preliminary report.
The accident happened at 5 a.m., near the 334 milepost, just south of the Marion County line, according to the report.
Clark was traveling southbound when the trailer began to rotate counter-clockwise which resulted in the entire vehicle overturning onto its right side, according to the report.
Once the vehicle was sideways, it traveled in a southeast direction into the center median where it struck the guardrail.
Several hundred feet of guardrail were severely damaged as was the trailer towed by the vehicle.
During the collision, a large amount of office supplies spilled onto the roadway, the report states.
The vehicle came to final rest in the center median facing northeast.
Clark died at the scene from fatal injuries, according to the report. His body had to be extricated from the vehicle, according to Sumter Fire and Rescue.
The southbound lanes of the interstate were closed for more than six hours while an investigation and clean-up operation were conducted.