FHP finds driver who hit I-275 overpass
Florida Highway Patrol troopers have found the driver of a flatbed semitrailer truck that they say took off after crashing into an Interstate 275 overpass on Tuesday. Patrick B. Mulvihill, 57, of Hudson was heading south about 9:22 a.m., hauling an industrial excavator mounted higher than 13 feet 6 inches, authorities said. The excavator hit the bottom of the Kennedy Boulevard overpass as Mulvihill drove through, troopers said, throwing debris onto the road. No one was injured, but the collision caused about $7,000 in structural damage. Troopers found Mulvihill based on witness descriptions of the truck. He was cited for transporting a load with a height violation.
Lightning damages school
Eight classes had to be relocated Friday at Mintz Elementary School in Brandon after a lightning strike damaged a classroom building Thursday night. No students were in the building that was hit, but 150 kids were in a separate building for an after-school program, said spokeswoman Tanya Arja. No one was injured. The district expects the repairs to be completed by Monday morning.
Ashley Drive lanes to close for roadwork
Parts of the outside lanes along Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa will be closed starting next week. The closures will start Monday night and will affect both northbound and southbound lanes of Ashley from Tyler to Madison streets. Workers will remove the existing lane stripes and restripe the lanes. The outside northbound lane, which functions as a right-turn lane, will become on-street parking with a bike lane going from Madison to Polk streets. The southbound curb lane also will become on-street parking from Cass to Tyler streets. The work will take place at night and is expected to be done by Sept. 6.