3 ejected from vehicle after blowout on I-75 NB in Hillsborough County

Posted at 3:00 PM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 09:00:45-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Three people were ejected from a vehicle on Tuesday after a rear tire blowout, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

FHP troopers said, shortly before 2:00 p.m., Gavin Eskdale, 28 of Lakeland, was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer in the northbound lanes of I-75 when the rear right tire blew out right before the ramp that leads to I-275.

The blowout then caused the Explorer to go into the grassy area on the east side of I-75 and hit a guardrail. After hitting the guardrail, the truck overturned an unknown number of times and came to a final rest upright, and facing west.

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Troopers said Eskdale and two of the three passengers in the Explorer were ejected; including Shayla Morgan, 25 of Plant City, and Joseph Alcott, whose age is unknown at this time because he was unconscious when Troopers arrived.

According to a preliminary crash report, both Morgan and Alcott were not wearing seatbelts.  


Eskdale, Morgan and Alcott were each transported to Tampa General Hospital. Their conditions are unknown, at this time.

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No other vehicles were involved in the crash. Three helicopters responded to the scene. 

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This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.