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3 accidents cleaned up on southbound Interstate 275 around downtown St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities this afternoon cleaned up three wrecks that were delaying traffic on southbound Interstate 275 around downtown.

One of the wrecks took place along a particularly troublesome stretch of road where the elevated I-375 exit ramp splits off from I-275.

The first crash was a hit-and-run crash that took place during heavy rains around 1:53 p.m. on the I-375 exit ramp, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

The other vehicle apparently fled the scene, authorities say, leaving the other vehicle wrecked along the elevated curve of the off-ramp. A patient was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for treatment.

The second accident today took place around where the two interstates split apart, authorities say, at 1:58 p.m. was a minor fender-bender involving two vehicles, according to firefighters, and those involved did not want to be taken to the hospital.

The third crash was reported at 2:05 p.m. between two vehicles at the same split. Three occupants refused medical treatment, authorities say.

That off-ramp has seen a motorcyclist plunge over the wall in 2001, a diesel tanker explode after striking the same retaining wall two years ago and this year a 23-year-old driver died after his out-of-control vehicle crashed over the barrier wall and fell 45 feet.

Though the state has denied the ramp is unsafe, it did start making some safety improvements in May.

3 accidents cleaned up on southbound Interstate 275 around downtown St. Petersburg 06/16/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 5:35pm]

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