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WIMAUMA (CBSMiami/AP) — A motorcyclist was seriously injured when he hit a gator crossing the road.

Calun Nelson, 27, was riding his motorcycle south of Tampa early Friday when he suddenly saw the more than 10-foot alligator right in front of him. He tried to avoid the gator, but couldn’t. On impact, he was thrown from his bike.

Nelson was taken to a Tampa hospital. An alligator trapper was called to retrieve the gator’s body.

It’s the second accident this week in Florida involving an alligator. On Tuesday a driver on Interstate 75 escaped serious injury when she hit an alligator near Sarasota.