Early Thursday morning, a truck struck and killed a black bear that was crossing I-75, causing a multiple car accident involving a tractor trailer.
According to the Fox 4, a Ford truck hit the bear some time before 6:30 a.m. near mile marker 115 in Bonita Springs, causing a large tractor trailer to skid and jackknife into southbound traffic.
Two other vehicles were involved in the incident, and three injuries have been reported. One party received injuries leading to a trauma alert.
Authorities estimate that the bear was at least 6 to 8 feet in length and weighed 300 to 500 pounds. According to FHP, the bear wandered onto I-75 from the nearby woods.
Images posted to social media show the bear being removed from the highway by a roadside construction vehicle.
By 9 a.m., troopers had two lanes of southbound traffic opened, with one remaining closed while crews remove debris from the roadway, the station reported.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says there are currently 4,050 bears in Florida. Last year the agency responded to 5,482 bear-related incidents, 240 of which were killed by cars.