Minivan driver seriously injured after rear-ending parked semi on I-4

- After a semi-truck parked in a travel lane to fix a flat tire, a minivan rear-ended it, shutting down some eastbound lanes of Interstate 4 hours, troopers said.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the tractor-trailer had a flat tire, and the driver stopped in the far right travel lane of eastbound I-4 to repair it Friday morning. That's when the semi was rear-ended by a van. 

The van's driver was identified as 35-year-old Onek Prieto-Delgado. Troopers said Prieto-Delgado was transported to Tampa General Hospital by a medical helicopter with serious injuries. The crash caused all lanes to be shut down for about an hour. Two lanes reopened, but the outside lanes remain closed.

The view from SkyFOX showed the hood of the tan-colored SUV crushed underneath the rear of the semi truck.

Troopers said the truck driver, identified as 34-year-old Lud Blitz Widg Payoute from Hollywood, Florida, was charged with improperly stopping on the highway. Prieto-Delgado was charged with careless driving. 

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