Crashes block I-4 lanes in Plant City

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Four crashes in a four-mile stretch of Interstate 4 are snarling traffic during this evening's commute, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Westbound traffic was closed in the Plant City area due to a multi-vehicle crash near mile marker 15. One lane was opened just before 7 p.m.

The view from FDOT cameras showed a truck off the road on its side along with other vehicles stopped near the Branch Forbes Road exit.

A heavy rainstorm had just moved through eastern Hillsborough County, but it was not immediately clear if the weather was a factor in the crashes.