Published: Aug 30, 2012 11:59 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 30, 2012 5:19 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Part of westbound I-75, on Alligator Alley, was blocked at mile marker 94 on Thursday, after a tractor trailer drove into a canal.

The accident happened around 11:30 a.m.

The Collier County Dive Team and FHP were able to assist with the removal of the sole occupant, 39-year-old Eduardo Perez, from the submerged vehicle.

Perez was conscious on the scene and was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital, where he remains in serious condition.