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.
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.
Hillsborough: I-75 NB 273 MM. Single vehicle crash after a rear blow out. 3 occupants ejected. 3 helicopters on scene. Expect delays NB. pic.twitter.com/boal36Ekqx
— Sgt. Steve Gaskins (@SteveG717) May 8, 2018
Eskdale, Morgan and Alcott were each transported to Tampa General Hospital. Their conditions are unknown, at this time.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash. Three helicopters responded to the scene.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.