Jasper — A 56-year-old Wellborn resident died in a one vehicle wreck on I-75 Tuesday morning while traveling through Hamilton County, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.
The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.
According to the FHP, the person was traveling northbound in a 1991 Ford Explorer when the left rear tire “experienced a catastrophic failure and came apart” as it moved to the inside lane to pass traffic that was entering the interstate from the northbound DOT scales.
“As a result of the tire coming apart, the driver was unable to maintain control of (the) vehicle,” FHP Trooper Alfred Hughes III reported.
The Ford began rotating to the right and traveled across the center and right lanes of the interstate before leaving the roadway and sliding across the entrance ramp from the DOT scales and the emergency lane before exiting onto the grassy shoulder. As the vehicle slid into the ditch it overturned at least once, ejecting the driver and lone occupant, who was not wearing a seatbelt, according to FHP.
The Ford came to a final rest on its wheels, with the front left corner at the state fence line, facing a southwesterly direction.