The passenger was transported to Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. The accident took place just before 2:00 p.m. near County Road 48 in Sumter County. The 1998 Ford Explorer was headed south in the outside lane of I-75 when the tread came loose from the left rear tire.
According to FHP report this caused the driver to lose control, roll-over striking a tree on the side of the highway. Both occupants were wearing seat belts, according to the FHP.